ESPN likes to promote its “Thirty for Thirty” sports documentaries by saying “what if I told you. . .?” So let me ask, “what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?”
Your answer would probably be, “you’re making it up.” But I’m not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was slated to call Virginia’s game on September 2 against William and Mary, but because of events in Charlottesville, which originated with a dispute over removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, he has been reassigned.
Clay Travis, a frequent and effective critic of ESPN’s knee-jerk leftism, asks:
Is there anything more pathetic than ESPN believing people would be offended by an Asian guy named Robert Lee sharing a name with Robert E. Lee and calling a football game? Aside from some hysterical photoshops and Internet memes which would make everyone with a functional brain laugh — Robert E. Lee pulling out all the stops to stay in Charlottesville now! — what was the big fear here?
Does ESPN really believe people are this dumb or that having an Asian announcer named Robert Lee is too offensive for the average TV viewer to handle?
The answer, it seems to me, is that ESPN does not think or believe. It reacts, and always in the direction that strikes it as politically correct.
ESPN more or less admitted this. It stated:
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.
How addled by left-wing claptrap must one’s brain be for an absurd decision like this to feel right?
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.
This statement is almost as stupid as the decision itself. How did the question of who calls play by play for a football game become an issue? ESPN made it one when it decided there was something not right about having an Asian named Robert Lee call a Virginia football game.
What if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee? I think you might conclude that America is going mad, but not fast enough to save ESPN.