University officials supported the suspension, saying in a statement that “The University of Iowa athletics department values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.’’
Kameron Middlebrooks, president of the Des Moines NAACP, called Dolphin's comments "inexcusable language," KCCI reported.
Dolphin, who has called Iowa football and basketball games for 22 years, issued an apology in a statement, the Quad City Times reported.
“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," Dolphin said. "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."