[Ed. – Is that author insinuating that announcer Lee’s ethnicity increases the foolishness of the decision to assign him to cover a different game? If so, why?]
As a commentator, I pride myself on almost never taking advantage of the low hanging fruit. I try never to write a column unless my take on the subject is likely to be one which will not be overwhelmingly voiced by others more prominent than me.
I must make an exception, however, with the utterly bizarre and hyper-politically correct decision by ESPN to move an announcer off of a University of Virginia football game simply because his name is Robert Lee. Even though the negative reaction to this obvious absurdity has been extreme and universal, I think that there are some things about this situation which are still in need of being said.
First though, the elements of this which are self-evident: The concept that an Asian-American broadcaster named Robert Lee needed to be removed from a University of Virginia football telecast because there is currently a controversy in Charlottesville over a statue of General Robert E. Lee (no relation!) is an idea which is clearly very stupid and, frankly, extremely juvenile. …