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.
“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.”
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