ESPN Pulls a Broadcaster, Robert Lee, and Encounters a Storm
A decision that a broadcaster who shares a name with a Confederate general should not call a Virginia game in Charlottesville has been met with criticism.
The latest episode of the culture wars to wash into sports, and the news media that cover it, was prompted (unintentionally) by a broadcaster named Robert Lee. His employer, ESPN, announced Tuesday night that the name he shares with the Confederate general made him a poor choice for calling a University of Virginia football game in Charlottesville, where a recent protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee left a woman dead and became part of the national dialogue.It was a story tai...
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