ESPN has pulled sports announcer Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games because he shares a name with the famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
This is unbelievable! How can they be so unfair to a person who’s a minority ‘race?’ This has to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life, and I hope he sues for discrimination!
The people in the stands don’t care what the ANNOUNCER’s name is. What a snowflake response!
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ESPN provided 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 nationalists 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 noted that the decision was not mandated by the company’s executives and that re-assignments happen all the time.
They might happen all the time but not due to someone’s name.
This is pretty pathetic on ESPN’s part. As if we adults can’t tell the difference between Asian Robert Lee and General Robert Lee? Maybe the fact he had a beard and has been dead some 150 years or so might be an indicator. Pandering to liberals in this way reaches a new low. Gotta love it. Even the democrats and liberals on here are shaking their heads. This is ridiculous.
We are spiraling downward with all of this ridiculousness, and I don’t know what it will take to change directions, but it needs to happen quickly.
It’s one of those moments you want to pray for them but you know there’s just some levels of stupidity that even Jesus can’t fix. We live in a nation of the endlessly offended and to appease the masses so that they don’t riot people are craving and it’s disgusting.
Shame on you ESPN for feeding into this politically correct bullcrap let us destroying our country from the inside out. Way to go! Removing an employee because of their name seriously? If I were him, I would be suing the crap out of you.
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