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ESPN Yanks Asian Announcer Off Air Because His Name is “Racist”

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

An Asian-American sports commentator for ESPN  has lived his whole life with his name: Robert Lee. Notice the similarity to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee? Yeah, well, apparently someone did! The announcer was yanked out of his position in order not to offend anyone.

Reverend Michael Faulkner, a pastor and former NFL player said, “It’s crazy. It’s ridiculous,” he continued, “It solves nothing. It does nothing. This man had nothing to do with it. Obviously he’s asian. The name “Lee” is his family name.  It has nothing to do with the south or General E. Lee.”

This is not fake news. This is not a test. This is real news. Former NFL player Burgess Owens said that it is embarrassing and insulting. He said that people should be starting with liberals and elitists who are oppressing black people, and forget what happened 150 years ago.

Fox News reports:

Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said, referencing the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

ESPN, which has faced accusations of liberal bias that some observers believe has led to a downtick in viewership, said it moved its announcer to the Youngstown State game at Pittsburgh.

The network’s full 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.”

What do you think about this? Just more political correctness ruining another life?

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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