ESPN Pulls Announcer from UVA Football Game Because His Name is ‘Robert Lee’
ESPN may have just hit an all-time low, and that’s saying something.
On Tuesday, ESPN announced plans to proactively remove an announcer named Robert Lee from calling a University of Virginia football game, not because he actually did something, but because his name is Robert Lee.
A statement from ESPN reads as follows:
“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.”
You read that correctly. The Worldwide leader in Sports is removing an announcer because he happens to have the same name as a confederate general.