ESPN thought its viewers would be offended by a man named Robert Lee. No, not the Confederate General, whose statue was at the center of the recent Charlottesville protests. This is an Asian man who is a sportscaster. ESPN pulled him from commenting on a University of Virginia football game because they were afraid that their viewers would be offended. Or maybe they thought their viewers were just too dumb to know the difference between the current sportscaster and a general that’s been dead for almost 150 years.
ESPN made a statement:
“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”
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