Earlier today, we mentioned that longtime Colts radio announcer Bob Lamey slipped up at the end of yesterday’s game between the Colts and Chargers and dropped an F-bomb.
After the Colts recovered a fumble to effectively seal the game, Lamey said, “the game is finally f***ing over.”
Anyone who knows Lamey knew that he would feel terrible about doing so, and that’s indeed the case. At the beginning of the Colts Roundtable show tonight on 1070 the Fan, Lamey offered a very strong apology to the Colts and to the fans.
“Before we get started tonight,” Lamey began, “I’ve got a little bit of personal business to take care of. I’m extremely ashamed of myself and what happened last night on the game. Using language like that is not normal for me. I did it, I’m ashamed of it, I’ve been fighting it all day long. I want to apologize to the Irsay family, to Ryan Grigson, to Chuck Pagano, to the coaches, to the players, but most of all to you fans. What I said was not necessary, it was out of place, it was ridiculous, and it will never happen again. I hope you will find it in your hearts to forgive, if you don’t I understand that, if you do thank you very much.”
Earlier today, Lamey also offered his comments on the situation to WTHR’s Bob Kravitz. "You're darned straight I am [beating myself up]," Lamey told Kravitz. "I keep thinking, 'This is not me.' My wife was saying, 'Bob, you don't say that.' But I did and I feel absolutely awful about it. I take it very hard because it hurts my reputation, the reputation of the Colts and if there were kids listening, I mean, it's just awful."
Lamey also told Kravitz that he has "absolutely no recollection of having said that.” He explained that “After the game, Matt Conti [the Colts assistant public relations director] told me about it, and I was shocked. Then I listened to it, and it was kind of garbled – but yeah, I said it. The tape doesn't lie. I just wish I remember having said it."
Kravitz noted that the FCC could fine the Colts $265,000 for the on-air slip-up (because the Colts own the broadcast), though it doesn’t seem likely that there will be repercussions. Either way, the Colts issued a statement in support of Lamey.
"Bob Lamey is not only a legendary broadcaster, but also a passionate and loyal Colts fan,” the team said, according to Kravitz. “Nevertheless, even in the heat of the moment, profanity has no place in Colts broadcasting. Bob has expressed extreme regret for his mistake during yesterday's broadcast. We have accepted his sincere apology, and forgiven him for his misstep. We hope our fans will do the same and enjoy 'The Voice of the Colts' for many more broadcasts."
Tonight on Colts Roundtable, general manager Ryan Grigson also forgave Lamey and the callers to the show also expressed their support for the Colts’ play-by-play guy.
It was certainly an unfortunate slip-up by Lamey because he was on-air, but it’s not that big of a deal (to anyone but the FCC, that is). He’s been doing Colts radio broadcasts for thirty years and is known for being a very emotional announcer who often echoes the sentiments and tone of Colts fans. He did that again on Sunday, but he can’t say certain things on-air like he did. Lamey feels terrible about the error and has apologized, and I’m sure all Colts fans are more than happy to forgive him and move on listening to Lamey for many more games.