What’s in a name? ESPN yanks announcer Robert Lee from U.Va. game
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2017 – As the country continues to face the effects of the Charlottesville protests, including continual efforts by left-wing vandals to relocate or tear down statues dedicated to historic Confederate icons, the leftist ideologues at sports network ESPN are at it again.
They’ve suddenly pulled their new play-by-play announcer, Robert Lee, from his assignment to cover at the University of Virginia-William & Mary football game slated to be televised this weekend.
As many will recall, on August 12, a 20 year-old driver and far-right radical rammed his car into a crowd of protesters in town to counter a demonstration by a white-nationalist group and others that was demanding that the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville remain in its traditional space. The driver, now in police custody, killed one person in the attack and injured more than 12 others.
Ironically, ESPN’s Robert Lee is actually an Asian-American sportscaster who started at ESPN in 2016. The network pulled Lee from his assignment and move him to cover a less prestigious Youngstown State game being played in Pittsburgh the same weekend. The politically correct sports network allegedly took this action to prevent any backlash the company might face following the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, the home of the University of Virginia and its team.
ESPN announced their decision with the following 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.”
The network’s decision was leaked to Clay Travis from ‘Outkick the Coverage.’ Travis is a strong critic of ESPN and is known for accusing them of liberal bias. Travis originally posted the story on his site and it immediately exploded in social media. Travis eventually appeared on the popular Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the issue.
ESPN has attempted to downplay the situation by saying that they often shuffle announcers around. The network also cited Lee’s safety as a deciding factor for pulling him from the Virginia game.
ESPN’s controversial decision has received criticism online from numerous individuals and commenters who charge the network with hypersensitivity and political correctness. One online critic pointedly asked ESPN, “If an athlete’s name is Robert Lee are you going to not show their game?”
Lee himself has remained silent on the ESPN’s decision, but is still set to announce the game in Pittsburgh this weekend.