Hawkeyes announcer Gary Dolphin suspended indefinitely for ‘King Kong’ comment

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Iowa’s men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin has been suspended indefinitely through the end of the season.

Audio of his comment after the Maryland loss was also included in the release: “Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game.”

Here is the full statement:

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.”

For the remainder of the basketball season, Jim Albracht and Bobby Hansen will serve as the radio announcers for Iowa’s men’s basketball games.

The University of Iowa athletics department put out a statement in support of the suspension.

“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.”

Albracht is the voice of the IFL’s Quad-City Steamwheelers, whose first game is 7:05 tonight at the TaxSlayer Center. The Hawkeyes also host Indiana at 8:15 p.m.

Pete Ivanic and Rusty Van Wetzinga will call the game for the Steamwheelers tonight.

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