ESPN Pulls Robert Lee From Announcing UVa Game Because Of His Name

ESPN has pulled announcer Robert Lee, who is Asian, from announcing an upcoming University of Virginia game in Charlottesville because he has the same name as the Confederate general and slave owner, Robert E. Lee.

According to, ESPN released a statement:

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.

(Source:, Photo Credit: Robert Lee/Twitter)

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