Bob Lamey isn’t exactly easing into retirement.
The longtime radio voice of the Indianapolis Colts released a statement Tuesday night that he used an “inappropriate word,” following a report that accused him of uttering a racial slur, prior to the conclusion of his four-decade career in radio.
While at Colts training camp last week, Lamey told an off-air story, recounting when he was a broadcaster at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, according to WTHR.com.
“He had asked me if the mics were off and I said, ‘Yeah, I turned everything off. You’re fine,’” a radio employee recalled. “Bob Lamey’s describing this person saying he was asked in an interview, ‘Do you think anyone’s holding back their speed at IMS during quals? Do you think anyone’s holding back?’ And that person had replied, ‘There aren’t any n…ers in this race.”
Lamey reportedly apologized profusely afterward, but a complaint was filed by a radio employee to human resources at the station, which then informed the Colts. One day later, Lamey’s retirement was announced, despite having announced in the spring that he would be returning for his 32nd season.
“Bob was not fired by the Colts as some in the community have speculated,” Lamey’s attorney, James Voyles, said in a statement. “Bob has been in the sports broadcasting arena for almost 44 years and is 80 years old. It should be noted that Bob does want to acknowledge that while repeating a story while off-the-air last week to a friend at a local radio station, he used an inappropriate word that had been used in the story. Bob immediately apologized to the people involved for the comment and would hope that this error in judgment would not tarnish his long-held reputation in the sports community where he has been known as an accurate and passionate reporter.”
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