Greg Richter, NewsMax, August 22, 2017
ESPN confirmed Tuesday it had decided to pull play-by-play announcer Robert Lee from the University of Virginia’s Sept. 2 football game with William & Mary because it might be seen as insensitive because of the similarity of the announcer’s name to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
“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’s statement read, according to Clay Travis, host of Fox Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage.”
Travis ridiculed the decision on his website, as did several people on Twitter. They noted that Lee, the sportscaster, is of Asian descent.