ESPN Pulls 'Robert Lee' Off Upcoming College Football Broadcast

ESPN sportscaster Robert Lee

ESPN sportscaster Robert Lee

After the violence in Charlottesville that was sparked by plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country are stepping up efforts to uproot Confederate monuments from public spaces. No, this is not a joke.

'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, ' ESPN said in a statement.

"In that moment it felt right to all parties", the ESPN statement continued.

Well, you just knew that as soon as this news started spreading, there was going to be a lot of reaction on Twitter.

ESPN pulled Asian-American sports announcer Robert Lee from this weekend's University of Virginia vs. William & Mary football game because they were afraid he might offend people. Why?

Brian Kilmeade said ESPN's decision to pull Lee from the game in Charlottesville "makes no sense" at all.

Robert Lee is seen calling a college basketball game in November with analyst Brooke Weisbrod.

According to multiple reports, the sports network on Tuesday said the announcer would not call the September 2 match-up against William and Mary in Charlottesville, Virginia where violent clashes between white supremacists and neo-Nazis resulted in the death of a young woman earlier this month. The man to the right is Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

This Robert Lee is Asian.

Is this even real life anymore?

It was reported earlier today that ESPN had made a decision to remove an Asian-American commentator from announcing a University of Virginia game. Why?

The "tragic events" mentioned in the statement refer to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

Victor Morton, of The Washington Times, reported, "ESPN blasted for political correctness after pulling announcer Robert Lee from UVA football game". If Lee preferred being moved off of the game, I'm not sure this is really worthy of the attention it's now getting.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.