ESPN Pulls Broadcaster Robert Lee From Virginia Football Game Due To Same Name As Confederate General
By Fox News // August 23, 2017
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(FOX NEWS) – ESPN’s decision to remove broadcaster Robert Lee from the University of Virginia’s football season opener because he has the same name as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee backfired.
The network said in a statement that the decision was made “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.”
As soon as ESPN made their announcement, viewers shared their outrage on social media.
The network’s full 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.”
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