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#302846 - 08/23/17 03:21 PM ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name
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Matthew Haag
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August 23, 2017

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ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginiaís first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country.

The network announced late Tuesday that the announcer, Robert Lee, a part-time employee who calls about a dozen college football and basketball games a year for ESPN, would no longer participate in the broadcast of the Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville, Va., which became the center of violent clashes this month during a white supremacist gathering.

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#302863 - 08/25/17 03:00 AM Re: ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name [Re: Golem]
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A fascinating case of overreach and overreaction.
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#302866 - 08/25/17 03:21 PM Re: ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name [Re: Golem]
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My first reaction was the same, but I've subsequently learned that there was the potential for more violence, so "excessive caution" seems prudent after all.
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