Yesterday, ESPN announced they were pulling an Asian-American play-by-play announcer because his name, Robert Lee, too closely resembled that of a Confederate general.
The announcement drew a huge reaction over Twitter with some poking fun at ESPN saying things like, “Ron Burgundy is running ESPN.”
Others are criticizing the decision as hysteria from the Left.
Per Daily Wire:
On Tuesday evening, ESPN (AKA MSNBC with footballs) went full-on parody when they pulled an announcer named Robert Lee, an Asian man, from a game at the University of Virginia because the network thought his name, apparently too close to dead Confederate general
The report was so unbelievable that people were only truly convinced of its authenticity once ESPN formally released a statement on the ridiculous move:
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.
Check it out:
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 23, 2017
People responded quickly to the announcement:
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) August 23, 2017
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 23, 2017
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 23, 2017
ESPN claims the #RobertLee thing was about memes, but by pulling him, they created a cat-5 meme hurricane.
Smart move, idiots.
— neontaster (@neontaster) August 23, 2017
1. Punishing an Asian-American for his last name out of fear of racism.#RobertLee
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 23, 2017
Good job liberals, I guess this is what you want.
— RD (@real_defender) August 23, 2017
— Tiff🇺🇸 (@LATiffani1) August 23, 2017
— Scared Goat (@ScaredGoat) August 23, 2017
Say what u want about Trumps speech but ESPN Robert Lee story proves Trumps point about media, who pulled reporter out of pure HYSTERIA
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) August 23, 2017