ESPN Pulls Announcer Because of His Name: Robert Lee
ESPN pulled the ultimate politically correct move- they pulled announcer Robert Lee from covering a University of Virginia football game because his name is similar to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. According to reports, even Mr. Lee was apprehensive after the Charlottesville disaster. They actually did it because they didn’t want Mr. Lee to be the subject of jokes and Memes. That’s how it is in today’s hysterical world.
Here is the network’s explanation and reasoning:
Just received this email from an ESPN executive re the Robert Lee controversy. pic.twitter.com/OuBORlWO9f
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 23, 2017
Sure, we can understand wanting to protect their announcer against ridicule, right? Of course, Twitter users had an opinion:
I’m greatly disappointed by removal of ESPN commentator Robert Lee from calling a game. Why discriminate against him? Let him stay.
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) August 23, 2017
This is stupid. Sorry. Someone’s PR team is way too sensitive. https://t.co/9FApzhpQkc
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 23, 2017
Robert Lee right now pic.twitter.com/Rr7OrFgrwv
— Sam Ro (@bySamRo) August 23, 2017
On the left is ESPN’s Robert Lee. On the right is Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
ESPN thinks people are too dumb to tell them apart. pic.twitter.com/ZBBUnIqKOZ
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 23, 2017
ESPN pulls Robert Lee (the Asian one) from football broadcast pic.twitter.com/nKev9NKIhu
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 23, 2017
— Terrence Williams (@w_terrence) August 24, 2017
My personal favorite:
ESPN pulls asian sportscaster off college football game because his name is Robert
Their gonads have shrunk to the size of english peas
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 23, 2017
This one runs a close second:
BREAKING NEWS: Robert Lee ESPN commentator has changed his name to..
Mohammed Sanchez de Kapernick.. pic.twitter.com/P5G4zr3WoU
— Rick (@Rick95648) August 23, 2017
@espn Instead of worrying about an announcer named Robert Lee you should be firing Ryen Russillo for breaking into a condo while drunk.
— Pete Stavros (@pstavs) August 24, 2017
Yes, one of ESPN’s announcers, Ryen Rusillo, was arrested for being naked and drunk as he broke into a condo in Wyoming. They charged him with a misdemeanor – Criminal Trespass.
ESPN has made some terrifically poor decisions lately. They were also taken to task over a Fantasy Football auction that turned into a squabble over its resemblance to “slavery.” Both White and Black players were involved, but hey it was an “auction.” ESPN issued an “apology.”
Lee is a common name among Asian, Black, and White communities. To be afraid of the so-called backlash is ridiculous. A major news media organization, Reuters thought he was a namesake of the General…not. Liberals are apparently tripping all over themselves to be politically correct and leaving a mass pile of stupidity in their wake.