On Tuesday evening, ESPN announced that they are removing an announcer named Robert Lee from covering a University of Virginia football game “simply because of the coincidence of his name.”
Representative Rick Larsen (Democrat – Washington) quickly expressed his disapproval.
Larson took to twitter, saying, “If this isn’t the same Lee that led the Confederate Army, ESPN needs to reverse this idiocy.”
Lee was scheduled to cover Virginia’s football game against William & Mary in early September, but he will instead cover the Youngstown State vs. Pittsburgh game, which will not be televised.
ESPN told CNN that they “collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding.”
ESPN continued, “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.”
The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, the site of the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally that resulted in violence, leaving one dead and about a dozen others injured.
Sports Illustrated stated:
A network spokesperson told SI’s Richard Deitsch that ESPN did not force Lee to change assignments and that Lee personally felt more comfortable moving to another game.
Many others took to Twitter to express their thoughts on ESPN’s move…
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