In a prepared statement Tuesday, the Chargers said that Bauer had been suspended for a game because of his actions.
"Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate," the team said. "Per Clear Channel's decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night's game.
At the end of San Diego's 21-7 loss to San Francisco, Bauer remarked on the air to colleague Lewin at how many fans had left the high-dollar seats at Levi's Stadium.
I made a hurtful insinuation that I regret and I would like to express how sorry I am. My poor choice of words were unfortunately open forLewin said he would have remained in his seat if he were a fan.
— Hank Bauer (@hank_bauer) August 26, 2014
"But then again you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member," Bauer said to Lewin on the air.
Bauer and Lewin work for Clear Channel Communications, which runs the flagship radio station for the Chargers.
Bauer, 60, spent six seasons as a running back and special teams player for the Chargers from 1977 to 1982. Bauer has served as the team's color commentator for radio broadcasts since 1998.