ESPN reportedly pulls announcer named Robert Lee from Virginia football game

Posted at 6:52 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 07:00:36-04

ESPN has decided to pull one of its announcers, named Robert Lee, from an upcoming University of Virginia foot gall game, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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The move came in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the home of the University of Virginia, during a white supremacist rally a couple weeks ago.

Lee shares the name with Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose statue is supposed to be removed in Charlottesville.

In a statement to The Washington Post, ESPN spokesman Derek Volner said, "“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."