On Tuesday evening, ESPN publicized their decision to pull broadcaster Robert Lee from his announcing role at a University of Virginia game, “simply because of the coincidence of his name” to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Robert Lee is an Asian-American TV newscaster who has no ties to the Confederate General, yet is being punished because of his name. In a statement, ESPN said it was a “collective decision” to remove the game caller from the home opener on Sept. 2nd. Following the deadly protests, the sports network cited the game’s location as a factor in the decision. UVA and William & Mary are facing off in Charlottesville, VA, the city where the violent white supremacist rally was held over the removal of the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.
“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,” ESPN said in a statement.
Following the decision, the network faced widespread criticism and outrage. Many people have expressed disbelief in ESPN’s decision to remove their employee from the game.
The bottom line is the announcer has no ties to the war general that died 147 years ago. Fox News Sports Radio reporter Clay Travis told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that sports media is controlled and dominated by far left ideologies. He said that only four percent of people in the sports media voted for Donald Trump.
“You have all these left-wing people sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to offend somebody,’ and you don’t have a reasonable, rational person saying, ‘Wait a minute, are we really making the right decision here or are we making this situation worse?'” Travis said.
People nationwide are agreeing with the latter, saying that the leftist network, commonly called “MSESPN” for its liberal agenda, has made this issue worse and took political correctness too far.
ESPN said that Lee has been switched to announce the Youngstown State game at Pittsburgh instead of his original assignment.