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    Quote Originally Posted by JEM View Post
    Did he receive some kind of threat? What gave them the idea that he needed protection?
    Nope, he didn't get any threat; it was preemptive. They thought his name alone would lead to internet mockery and when considering the events in Charlottesville, be a distraction. The internal memo was leaked (surprise, surprise) and the mockery and distraction they sought to avoid met them head on.

    IMO, I think they were concerned about their revenue, thinking, somehow, this would be such bad PR that ESPN has an announcer who must be a white supremacist, blah, blah, blah... Oh, hell, it seems they think very little of their audience's collective intellect as to assume we don't understand that Robert E. Lee is long dead and not broadcasting on a sports network...DUH


    I want to make a snarky comment about Fredrick Douglas getting recognized more and more, but that would be over the line ;-)

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    Besides the fact that Robert E Lee has been dead for decades, I think most people "should" be able to deal with an Asian man named Robert Lee without freaking out over white supremacy. Maybe I'm expecting too much.

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    You'd think they could have just announced him as Rob Lee or just plain Robert no-last-name for a couple of weeks until things died down rather than booting him off air.

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    They couldn't call him Bobby Lee, because that would confuse people too:



    Although I might actually watch football if he was an announcer...

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