Controversy after ESPN Removes Announcer Named Robert Lee

ESPN is under fire after pulling Robert Lee from a broadcast, but that the Robert lee that has been causing controversy.

FOX’s Jared Max has more:

His name is Robert Lee, not Robert E. Lee and he has no relation to the former Confederate General. Robert Lee is an Asian American sports broadcaster, who was assigned to announce a season opening game for ESPN between Virginia and William and Mary, but Robert Lee was pulled from his assignment and rescheduled on a different ESPN game because his name bears a likeness to Robert E. Lee.

Statement from ESPN says, “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. 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.”

Robert Lee will call the game between Youngstown State and Pittsburgh instead.

Jared Max, FOX News.

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