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Did ESPN overreact by pulling Robert Lee from a Virginia football broadcast?

ESPN removed scheduled play-by-play broadcaster Robert Lee from the University of Virginia’s opening week game, following the violence in Charlottesville. Moving Lee was the right thing to do because the company is protecting him from undue scrutiny amidst increased racial sensitivity. However, moving an announcer who may mention his full name no more than five times during a broadcast seems like a gross overreaction that screams of pandering. What do you think? 🗣 🎤

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The reaction to this decision has been overblown. This isn't some politically correct overcorrection by ESPN—this was a joint decision to avoid any sort of controversy that may arise from Robert Lee being in Charlottesville. He wasn't pushed off a broadcast or fired—he simply moved to another game. And in this climate of tension, there is no way to determine how someone will react to Lee being at Virginia. 

Better to be safe than sorry. ESPN made the right call.

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Not only is this move completely ridiculous, it actually did the opposite of what ESPN was trying not to do—create controversy. Moving Robert Lee off Virginia's opening week football game brought an uproar of anger, and deservedly so. No one would mistake ESPN's Robert Lee for the Confederate general; Lee is of Asian descent and no one is going to hurt another guy over a name. 

This is the kind of overreaction that gives ammo to opponents of political correctness. ESPN overreacted, and it hurt people more than it helped. 

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