The Indianapolis Colts’ longtime announcer, who retired last weekend, reportedly did so after using a racial slur off-air.

An attorney for Bob Lamey said in a statement that Lamey used “inappropriate” language “while repeating a story” to a friend at a radio station.

“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,” the statement said, according to the Associated Press.

Lamey was an announcer for the NFL team for 31 seasons, and retired Sunday to praise from the team’s owner, Jim Irsay.


Indianapolis’s WTHR News reported that an employee at the radio station heard Lamey use the n-word and reported it to the station’s HR department. The station then contacted the Colts, prompting Lamey’s retirement.

“Bob Lamey is a legend and icon,” Irsay said in a release about the retirement. “[His] name is synonymous with Indianapolis Colts football.”

But after Lamey’s attorney issued the statement, the Colts’ chief operating officer Pete Ward addressed the use of the slur in an email to the AP.

“First and foremost, the Colts deplore and do not tolerate the use of any racial slur — in any context,” Ward said. “Bob has had a long and storied history in our community, but he made a serious mistake. The Colts are deeply disappointed the incident took place and offer our sincerest regrets to all who were impacted by Bob’s lapse in judgment.”

The AP reported that the announcer has had several controversial incidents of inadvertently using expletives on or off-air during his three-decade career.