Iowa basketball announcer suspended for “racist” comment

USA TodayIowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.

Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.

Fernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead putback with 7.8 seconds left, to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night in Iowa City. In describing the game’s closing moments, Dolphin said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola “was King Kong at the end of the game.”


This is Doug Adler all over again. Outrage culture has gotten the best out of this poor guy for saying how much of a beast one of the players was.

HE WAS COMPLIMENTING HIM. And he loses his job for the rest of the season because of it.

If anything, the individual who took issue by the “King Kong” reference should be the one in trouble. Stop dragging people down.

2019, y’all.

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