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August 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – In view of recent events in Charlottesville, ESPN announced it has pulled one of its play-by-play commentators from the upcoming broadcast of the University of Virginia’s season-opening football game on Sept. 2 against William & Mary College, also in Virginia.

The sports announcer’s name is similar to Confederate General Robert E. Lee whose statue stood at the center of last weekend’s statue-based controversy. ESPN feared a backlash if it brought broadcaster Robert Lee to Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, to cover the game.  

The only thing is, Robert Lee is an Asian American, with no evident ties to the Old Dominion State’s famous family.  

ESPN’s political correct move mercilessly mocked

As news of the programming change broke, social media lit up with statements poking fun at the sports media giant for its PC-motivated decision. The Facebook and Twitter postings speak for themselves:

And perhaps best of all:

ESPN’s explanation

“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,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

Still, ESPN’s statement did nothing to stem the tide of self-inflicted mockery.

And just when you thought the ridicule couldn’t get worse, there’s this:  

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Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.


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