Saturday, Aug. ET Saturday, Nov.
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. Dolphin may not have meant anything related to race with his comments, but comparing an Angola-born basketball player to a gorilla-like monster is obviously going to take some flak, especially considering the long and troubled history around references comparing black people to primates something that cost Roseanne Barr her TV job last year.
Those have sometimes led to suspensions and sometimes led to job losses , but other times, an apology alone has proven enough for the employer.
The University of Iowa athletics department values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.
The decision not to address this ASAP makes more than one or two people look bad. It makes everyone Iowa look bad.
Like they're hiding. I can't imagine you want that.
But it is disappointing to see Barta and the Iowa athletics department again doing everything they can to avoid really commenting on this or answering questions. And they should be willing to defend their position here.