An Iowa station was suspended on Friday for the remainder of the season for referring to the University basketball forward Maryland, Bruno Fernando, as "King Kong" During a recent game.
Gary Dolphin, a favorite of fans who is the University of Iowa player, play-by-play player, was attacked after he said on Tuesday that Fernando, who is black, "King Kong was the end of the game" .
Fernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a setback of the race with 7.8 seconds left to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night. Iowa City.
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Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa Athletics, announced that Dolphin was suspended on Friday , just a few hours before the Iowa Hawkeyes number 21 received Indiana
This is not the first time that Dolphin was suspended this season. In November, he was criticized after being caught with an open microphone criticizing Iowa bodyguard Maishe Dailey in a victory over Pittsburgh at the end of November.
During the broadcast and "what was supposed to be a commercial break," said Dolphin. The analyst Bobby Hansen, "We have Maishe Dailey, Dribla in a double team with the head down, God," Hawk Central reported.
Coach Fran McCaffery said Dolphin's comments about Dailey were "inexcusable." After his comment, Dolphin stayed two games.
Jim Albracht will replace Dolphin for the rest of the season.
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Dolphin issued a statement on Friday, apologizing for his comment
"During the broadcast, I used a comparison when I was trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player, I did not try to offend or belittle the player, "he said." I take full responsibility for my choice of inappropriate words and offer a sincere apology to him and to anyone else who has I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about the unconscious bias. "
The Iowa Department of Sports released a statement supporting Dolphin's suspension, saying it "values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.