INDIANAPOLIS -- An attorney for Bob Lamey, known as the "Voice of the Colts" for most of the team's Indianapolis history, issued a statement Tuesday saying the announcer admits to using an "inappropriate word" while telling a story to a friend at a local radio station last week, days before he announced his retirement.
"Bob was not fired from the Colts as some in the community have speculated," his attorney, James H. Voyles, said in the statement.
The 79-year-old has been in the broadcasting arena for nearly 44 years, 35 of which were spent with the Indianapolis Colts.
Lamey began working for the Indianapolis Colts in 1984 and has been the play-by-play voice for the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Racers hockey team.
Lamey retired from the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.
"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," the statement from Voyles read. "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."
New information on the former “Voice of the Colts” Bob Lamey who retired on Saturday August 18th. Lawyer says he was not fired. pic.twitter.com/ITSoHHxBPX
Wednesday morning, the Colts released a statement on the incident:
In regards to Bob Lamey…first and foremost, the Colts deplore and do not tolerate the use of any racial slur – in any context.
While it is the Colts’ strict and long-standing policy to not make public comment on personnel matters, Bob publicly acknowledged that last week he repeated an inappropriate word when telling a story. He immediately apologized to the people who heard him use the word, and then promptly retired as the Colts play-by-play announcer.
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 judgement.