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Vitale apologizes for Funderburke remark

Television analyst Dick Vitale has apologized for remarks he made about Ohio State's Lawrence Funderburke during a broadcast.

Vitale used profanity in describing Funderburke during a commercial break on ESPN's telecast of Ohio State's 92-86 loss to Iowa on Tuesday night. The remarks were made into a live microphone and were carried over direct satellite feeds where commercials are not shown.

Vitale "realizes Lawrence is an integral part of the Ohio State basketball team and wishes him luck," an ESPN statement said.

On Jan. 14, during Ohio State's 91-83 loss to Indiana, Vitale said Funderburke "should be kicked out of the game" after he was called for an intentional foul.

On Tuesday, while viewing a replay of Funderburke and Iowa forward Chris Street exchanging forearms, Vitale said, "That (expletive) shouldn't even be in college basketball _ we were right!"

There was no indication ESPN planned to discipline Vitale.