Hawkeye Sports announcer Gary Dolphin has been suspended for an inappropriate comment during Tuesday night’s broadcast. Learfield issued the following statement this afternoon:
“Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for University of Iowa Athletics, today announced it has suspended play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin indefinitely through the remaining basketball season. The decision follows an inappropriate comment made by Dolphin during Tuesday’s broadcast of the Iowa men’s basketball game against Maryland.
Gary Dolphin issued the following statement: “During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player. I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I wish the Iowa Hawkeye players, coaches and fans all the very best as they head into the final stretch of the season. I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”
The action comes following comments made by Dolphin during the post-game broadcast, when he referred to Maryland player Bruno Fernando as “King Kong.” Dolphin and analyst Bobby Hansen were wrapping up the Hawkeyes’ 66-65 loss, in which the 6’10 Fernando scored with 7.8 seconds left in the game.
Dolphin: “Twelve threes on 22 made baskets. That’s some pretty good long-range shooting. And then Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game.”
Hansen: “Yeah, he was. And they had done a really good job, Gary, for the most part rebounding.”
Jim Albracht and Bobby Hansen will serve as the radio announcers for Iowa’s men’s basketball games for the rest of the season.
Iowa takes on Indiana at 8 pm tonight in Iowa City. Game coverage begins on Mix 94.7 KMCH with the pre-game show at 7 pm.