The sports network has been accused of political correct bias in the past. This is isn’t going to help.
ESPN has decided to switch Asian-American commentator Robert Lee off of coverage of the University of Virginia’s opening football game against William & Mary due to the name he shares with Confederate General Robert E. Lee. UVA is located in Charlottesville, the site of recent race-based violence.
Clay Travis broke the news on his blog, Outkick the Coverage:
In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.
Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?
Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.
ESPN responded to the controversy, saying that they didn’t want the possibility of Lee announcing the game in Charlottesville to turn into a “meme/joke.”
Just received this email from an ESPN executive re the Robert Lee controversy. pic.twitter.com/OuBORlWO9f
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 23, 2017
Naturally, though, Twitter had fun with the controversy:
Haaaaa Hahahaha! pic.twitter.com/9YQNFDsvWT
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) August 23, 2017
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