ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer “Robert Lee” From UVA Football Coverage To Avoid Controversy

ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer "Robert Lee" From UVA Football Coverage
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August 24th, 2017 – It’s all in a name. Even if you’re the farthest possible thing from a deceased Confederate General.

After the violence and controversy surrounding the Charlottesville incident where Neo-Nazi marchers clashed with protesters and led to the death of 1 civilian and 2 officers, ESPN decided on Tuesday that it would pull Asian sports announcer “Robert Lee” from the scheduled UVA Cavaliers game in Charlottesville. The game will take place on September 2nd against William and Mary, but Lee has now been switched to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game.

The ESPN statement was posted on Fox Sports college-football blog Outkick the Coverage:

“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.”

Outkick blogger Clay Travis, who broke the story, led the charge in blasting ESPN for the move:

“But, seriously, 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 started calling ESPN  “MS-ESPN” in ridicule of its political correctness.

And social media was eager to share the jabs at the sports network:

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee again joined in on the Twitter jokes:

And Counselor to President Trump, KellyAnne Conway, tweeted the story:

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77 thoughts on “ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer “Robert Lee” From UVA Football Coverage To Avoid Controversy

  1. The truth comes out Robert E Lee was a closet Asian, and the South was really the South Pacific. We have to switch to carrying the Japanese flag at our marches to save the monuments from other AMERICANS!!!

    1. And what makes it worse is you are white, so by your reasoning when you get old you are gonna be racist? I guess you didn’t want to wait to be a bigot!

    1. “This country” had nothing to do with this. It’s ESPN (old white men) falling over themselves trying to appear racially sensitive.

    1. Or maybe next week he will be like ‘welcome guys to another day of good football n I am your announcer Robert Leon’ ???

    1. “The people in this country” had nothing to do with this. It’s ESPN (old white men) falling over themselves trying to appear racially sensitive.

    2. And it’s because of the people in this country that are overly sensitive is why they feel the need to do something like this! I mean if a monument that has stood for years is just now offending people, then what next???

    1. The reason he would be target of insult and harassment is because the instigators would feel offended thus them thinking its OK to harass an innocent guy.

    2. Who the fuk would be hostile towards this man? They probably should ban Chuck E. Cheese in case lactose intolerant people start a riot towards him too right?

    3. Adam Hartle Who would be hostile? Racist idiots, people who like to ridicule others for stupid stuff like names, there’s plenty of folks who do cruel shit for no valid reason.

    4. Yes yes because we should give in to everyone’s delicate sensibilities until the entire nation is afraid to move because someone will get offended.

    5. If anyone gives you a hard time because of your name which has no relations w the other person that they dispised then they need to get their sensitivity levels check n sorry I am not a dr or pharmacist so can’t prescribe those pills for u ??

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