Posted on February 27, 2019

Iowa Announcer Suspended for Saying Player Dominated the Court Like ‘King Kong’

Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, February 23, 2019

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.


After the blowback began, Dolphin released an apology:


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.