Sports and liberal politics cable network ESPN has been catching holy hell ever since they made the ridiculous decision to bench an Asian-American announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name happened to be Robert Lee.
At first, the network defended its decision as being out of the concern of angering sensitive and special snowflakes who might not be able to understand why ESPN was allowing a guy who could be mistaken for Confederate general Robert E. Lee to broadcast a Cavaliers game.
But the rash and overzealous move to appease the gods of political correctness backfired as the network became the subject of much criticism, ridicule, and mockery.
Now the top brass at ESPN has a new excuse and it’s so asinine that it borders on mind-boggling.
According to the network’s president, Lee was pulled from the game NOT as a preventative measure to avoid feeding into the left’s hysteria, but for his own protection.
— Drudge Report (@drudgeheadlines) August 24, 2017
The president of ESPN has defended the sports network’s decision to remove an announcer named Robert Lee from coverage of the upcoming University of Virginia football game.
In an internal memo, obtained by CNN, President John Skipper said “there was never any concern” that Lee’s name “would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game. The concern, Skipper explained, was for Lee and potential social media heckling.
“Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether – in these divisive times – Robert’s assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling,” Skipper said in the memo.
“Since Robert was their primary concern, they consulted with him directly. He expressed some personal trepidation about the assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State/Pitt game instead, opted for that game – in part because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening.”
The memo follows a report from CNN early Wednesday that said ESPN chose to remove Lee from the coverage due to his shared name with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the recent violence at a Charlottesville rally meant to protest the removal of a statue of the Confederate general. The decision was met with criticism on social media.
New: internal memo from ESPN prez John Skipper about the Robert Lee decision pic.twitter.com/3yFk4hbDRb
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 24, 2017
It comes as no surprise that CNN would be the recipient of the “internal memo” from ESPN, the two are as thick as thieves when it comes to liberal agendas and opposition to President Trump.
The damage was already done and network’s head honcho’s new excuse stretches the bounds of credibility and is already exposing ESPN to even more ridicule.