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OPINION

ESPN Pulls Football Announcer Named -- Robert Lee

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ESPN pulled a veteran college football announcer from the season-opener between the University of Virginia and William & Mary because of the announcer’s name – Robert Lee. 

Yes, good readers – Robert Lee’s only offense was that his parents named him Robert Lee.

ESPN apparently thought Lee’s name might offend some viewers because of similarities to Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

OutkicktheCoverage.com was the first to report on this politically correct nonsense.

They made an interesting observation: Mr. Lee is in fact – Asian.  

It is highly doubtful he is a descendant of the Civil War general. And to our knowledge, there are no monuments or statues in his honor posted anywhere in Charlottesville. 

An ESPN spokesperson confirmed to me they made the decision to remove Mr. Lee from the broadcasting booth and dispatch him to the Youngstown State vs Pittsburgh game.

“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,” ESPN told me.

To be clear – Robert Lee is not a racist or a neo-Nazi or a member of Antifa and he had absolutely nothing to do with the violent protests in Charlottesville.

“In that moment it felt right to all parties,” ESPN said. “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.”

Well, it’s only an issue because the politically-correct pinheads at ESPN blew the call – again.

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