ESPN has moved college football announcer Robert Lee from the season-opener between the University of Virginia and William & Mary because his name might be controversial.
Lee, an Asian-American, is clearly not the same Robert E. Lee that led the Confederate army. Yet to avoid “offending” anyone, ESPN moved Lee off announcing the game in Charlottesville all the same.
An ESPN spokesperson confirmed the switch to move Robert Lee to the Youngstown State vs Pittsburgh game was made because of his name.
“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 Todd Starnes. “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.”
Of course, there would be no issue at all if executives at a major American company didn’t cower in fear of political correctness.