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NFL team admits longtime announcer didn’t retire, used ‘n-word’ days before ouster

Bob Lamey did not retire after spending decades with the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL franchise acknowledged in a statement his week.

Team owner Jim Irsay initially called the veteran announcer “a legend and icon” whose “name is synonymous” with the local franchise.

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That exit endorsement came on Sunday and did not address the internal scandal leading to what was actually a resignation, not a retirement.

“Bob publicly acknowledged that last week he repeated an inappropriate word when telling a story,” the team revealed on Wednesday. “He immediately apologized to the people who heard him use the word, and then promptly resigned.”

The statement acknowledged Lamey’s “long and storied history” in Indy, but noted that he “made a serious mistake” for which the organization expressed its disappointment and regret.
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