Advertisements
Latest News

ESPN moves Robert Lee from UVA game

Follow The Capital Sports Report on WordPress.com

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, made a change to its upcoming college football broadcast team due to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The University of Virginia is in Charlottesville, Va. — and the sports company removed Robert Lee from the game.

Lee, an Asian, has no ties to Robert E. Lee, the Confederate individual, which has caused so much hate and violence in the Charlottesville area in recent weeks. Groups have been protesting removing the Robert E. Lee statue for months in Virginia.

Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Cavaliers

“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,” the network said, which is being called MSESPN, for their decision. “In that moment, it felt right to all parties.”

Lee was supposed to call the William and Mary vs. Virginia game on Sept. 2. Instead, he will call the Pitt Panthers vs. Youngstown State game.

“Is there anything more pathetic than ESPN believing people would be offended by an Asian guy named Robert Lee sharing a name with Robert E. Lee and calling a football game? Aside from some hysterical photoshops and Internet memes which would make everyone with a functional brain laugh — Robert E. Lee pulling out all the stops to stay in Charlottesville now! — what was the big fear here? Does ESPN really believe people are this dumb or that having an Asian announcer named Robert Lee is too offensive for the average TV viewer to handle?,” Clay Travis, a Fox Sports college football reporter, asked rhetorically.

Dave Weekley will now be the broadcaster replacing Lee in the Virginia game.

“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.”

Any Corrections?. You can contact Anthony at publisher@thecapitalsportsreport.com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Anthony: @alcaruso3 on Twitter | Anthony Caruso III on Facebook
Follow us: @CapSportsReport on Twitter | The Capital Sports Report on Facebook

Advertisements
© 2007-2017 All rights reserved by The Capital Sports Report and its partners. This material may not be re-published, re-broadcasted, re-written or re-distributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s