Lee from Virginia game

Jerome Frank
August 24, 2017

ESPN has chose to pull an announcer named Robert Lee from calling an upcoming University of Virginia-College of William and Mary football game because his name is similar to that of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

White supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, home of the Virginia school and site of the game, on August 12. "In that moment it felt right to all parties. Ron Burgundy is running ESPN". Instead, Lee will call Youngstown State's game against the University of Pittsburgh.

According to an ESPN executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, ESPN asked Lee if he would be more comfortable calling another game but gave him the option to stay. That Lee was also Caucasian, not Asian, as Albany's Robert Lee is.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a vehicle was driven into a group of people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, and the statue of General Robert E Lee will be covered in black fabric to mourn her death.

The announcement of Lee calling a different game, was leaked to Clay Travis from 'Outkick the Coverage.' Travis is a strong critic of ESPN and is known for accusing them of liberal bias.

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Robert E Lee was an American commanding general in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.

The violent clashes in Charlottesville earlier this month started as a protest toward that city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a small city park.

Mr. Lee had been scheduled to call the Cavaliers Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville against William and Mary. Charlottesville was the site of the recent white-nationalist and neo-Nazi march.

The now-public move backfired spectacularly, and ESPN has found itself directly in the outrage crosshairs from the left-who see the decision as both nonsensical and racially insensitive-and the right-who point to the decision as yet another example of PC culture gone too far. Sports media website Outkick the Coverage broke the story on Tuesday that Lee was pulled from the September 2 game to avoid offending viewers. But ESPN re-assigned Lee after the events at Charlottesville unfolded.

Robert Lee became a trending topic on Twitter overnight as the network's decision was widely met with criticism.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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