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Gary Dolphin is an American sports broadcaster. He was the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football and men’s basketball teams for Learfield Sports and the Iowa Hawkeye Sports Network. Learfield Sports represents over 130 colleges across 31 states. He has served in that role since the December 1996.

Gary Dolphin Career

Dolphin attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then enrolled at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. Prior to getting the job from Learfield Sports as “The Voice of The Hawkeyes,” Dolphin had various stops in both radio and television before landing a job calling Northwestern University men’s basketball in 1990. In 1996, Dolphin was one of 63 applicants that applied for the University of Iowa job. After a successful interview, he was hired on December 13, 1996. For football broadcasts, he works alongside Ed Podolak. His broadcast partner for basketball is Bobby Hansen.

In 1999, Dolphin was a contender for the radio play-by-play job on Chicago Bears football broadcasts. The field was narrowed to Dolphin and Gary Bender and the Bears chose Bender. Just two years later, the Bears pursued Dolphin when Bender resigned citing exhaustion from the extensive travel required. Dolphin rejected the Bears’ offer because it would have forced him to move to Chicago and cut his ties to the Hawkeyes’ broadcasts.

In addition to calling games, Dolphin is the host of the weekly radio program Hawk Talk, where fans can call in to talk to Dolphin and Iowa coaches Kirk Ferentz and Fran McCaffery. He also hosts weekly television coaches shows, where Ferentz and McCaffery recap the latest games.

Dolphin was named “Iowa Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000 and 2010.

Dominated the Court Like ‘King Kong

Iowa basketball radio play-by-play man Gary Dolphin, has been suspended indefinitely for saying that a black player was dominating the game like “King Kong.”

During Tuesday’s game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Maryland Terrapins, Dolphin likened African American player Bruno Fernando as the famed horror movie beast for scoring the game-winning points on a tip-in with 7.8 seconds to go, the Quad-City Times reported.

As he described those final minutes, Dolphin ended his description saying, “And then Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game.”

Gary Dolphin Appeal Apology

After the blowback began, Dolphin released an apology:

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.

But the apology did not assuage Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who called the incident “inexcusable.” For his part, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta hinted that there are “ongoing tensions” between Dolphin and the school.

By Wednesday, Dolphin, who has announced Iowa basketball for 22 years, was removed from the air.

The school announced that Dolphin has been suspended for the rest of the season, according to KCCI.

Along with its announcement, the school said it “values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.”