Iowa Play-By-Play Announcer Gary Dolphin Suspended Again
Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin has been suspended again. This time indefinitely following a comment he made on the air after Tuesday night's loss to the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland's Bruno Fernando's tipped shot with seven seconds left in the game gave Maryland a 66-65 win over Iowa. According to the Daily Iowan, Dolphin said during the postgame "Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game."
Earlier today, Dolphin released this statement:
During a broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend nor 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 time as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.
The University of Iowa Sports Information Department sent out a short release just minutes ago. It reads:
The University of Iowa athletics department supports Hawkeye Sports Properties decision to indefinitely suspend radio play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin.
The University of Iowa athletics department values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.
Dolphin will be replaced by Jim Albracht for the remainder of the Iowa men's basketball season.