Bob Lamey, longtime radio broadcaster for the Indianapolis Colts has been roundly criticized this week for some comments he made off the air last Sunday as the Colts entered their first three-game losing streak in years.

Kent Sterling's Opinions
What he said

I don't have any personal connection to Bob Lamey. Never spoken to him personally or anything. I've also never personally spoken to Kent Sterling, but I disagree with him soundly.

Let's say I'm the producer in question, and let's say that I'm not recording the game. But I do listen to the feed from the stadium during the commercial breaks, and I hear Lamey say that Manning ought to be benched, in favor of Curtis Painter, who looked laughably bad in the pre-season. It seems to me that Kent Sterling would instruct me to bottle that up and never tell anyone about it.

My journalistic senses tell me this story is far too juicy to pass up. I'm hearing the Colts #1 homer tell me that Manning should be benched. I'm pretty likely to at least tell some of my co-workers, my girlfriend, the guys at BW3's what he said.

Of course, in the absence of a recording, the name talent could deny, deny, deny and probably never face consequences. But I don't feel there should be implicit confidentiality just because two guys work together and one of them is famous. There might be some level of understanding if the talent is friendly but gaffe-prone (and in my opinion, Lamey is gaffe-prone even when he's on the air). There might be some level of understanding if the sporting team being broadcast is truly awful. But I can find no reason why Lamey has a legitimate complaint with the team, nor can I see a reason why his comments should have been kept private.

Now, the staff at 1070 the Fan in Indy might need to face some music, because, while I don't necessarily feel that the talent's ramblings should be kept confidential, they probably didn't need to make one of their fellow hosts (the Colts air on 1070) look stupid.