ESPN removed announcer Robert Lee from the William and Mary at Virginia game to avoid people who might be offended his name is the same as the famous Civil War general.
Yes, you read that right.
Outkick the Coverage dropped the report last night, and while it seems too ridiculous to be true, ESPN verified the it with a 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.”
Robert Lee of ESPN is Asian and is absolutely of no relation to the general who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. He is now being moved to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game strictly because he happens to share the same name as a guy who died in 1870.
The move comes on the heels of ESPN apologizing for airing a auction style fantasy football draft, because people who look to be offending by any and everything took objection to the imagery. They’ve moved to catering to these types of people, and their ratings continue to tank as a result.
It’ll be interesting to see what other coincidences ESPN deems fit to air in the future. For example, on September 2, ESPN3 is airing the Air Force against VMI football game. Air Force features a senior running back named Timothy McVey, which sounds exactly like Timothy McVeigh, the asshole who masterminded the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City back in 1995. Will they allow the broadcasters to say McVey’s name?
Or what about David Duke, the four-star point guard in the class of 2018? He’s being recruited by some big name teams, notably Indiana, Florida, and Villanova. He shares a name with the white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the KKK. Will the younger David Duke have to go by “Dave” when his games are on ESPN, or will ESPN simply refer to him as “Duke?”
We can only hope ESPN continues to die a slow death so we can watch our sports on a medium that has common sense and aren’t a bunch of slack-jawed little bitches.