CEDAR RAPID, Iowa (KCRG) – Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play announcer of the Iowa University men's basketball team, and Hawkeye football, suspended after a remark made during the event. 39, a television broadcast, will be reinstated from the spring training of football.
The announcement was announced Wednesday morning by Learfield's Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager at the University of Iowa Athletics.
This comes after Dolphin's suspension on Friday for making an inappropriate comment during the broadcast of the Iowa Men's Basketball Game against Maryland on Feb. 19.
He will also return for the 2019-2020 football and men's basketball season, according to a press release.
During the cover, Dolphin called the player "King Kong" Marland player, Bruno Fernando, who is black.
Following the announcement of the suspension, Dolphin issued the following statement:
"During the broadcast, I used a comparison to try to describe a talented basketball player from Maryland, I have no intention of offending or denigrating the player. 39 full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offers him a sincere apology I wish every success to the players, coaches and supporters of Iowa Hawkeye at the beginning of the last season of the season. I will use this opportunity to develop myself and learn more about unconscious biases. "
Jim Albracht and Bobby Hansen served as radio announcers for Iowa men's basketball games.
Dolphin is the "voice of the Hawkeyes" since 1996.