In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN has pulled announcer Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games because he shares a name with the famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee, according to Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis.
ESPN reportedly provided Outkick the Coverage with the following 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.”
White nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12 to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee. White nationalist marched on Virginia's campus with torches, chanted racial slurs and intimidated counter-protestors. One woman was killed when a white supremacist drove a car into a group of counter-protestors.
ESPN, which has been accused of having a liberal bias, noted that the decision was not mandated by the company's executives and that re-assignments happen all the time.
Lmao ESPN did this on purpose to further their agenda.
It goes along with whathappened after the Giants/Browns game Monday night.
Evidently, 11 Browns joined this ridiculously stupid protest of kneeing during the national anthem. NOT ONE TIME during the game did the announcers mention it. Not once. I would'nt have known until.....
Game is over and they switch over to the ESPN 'News' Desk and you hear "....but of course, the big news of tonight was the 11 Browns players kneeing...blah blah"