ESPN was under fire for a controversial segment on Monday.
On Monday night, ESPN caught flack for a segment aired during the network’s “Fantasy Football Marathon.”
During the 28-hour dedication to fantasy football, ESPN aired a segment that shows people bidding on NFL stars. The sketch caught flack, in part due to an all-white set of analysts bidding on black players.
Part of the sketch shows Odell Beckham Jr. being auctioned off.
Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players. Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.
ESPN clearly didn’t intend to create a controversial skit that shows white people bidding on the services of a black player, but the optics here aren’t great.
People have taken both sides of the argument here, with some citing it as a racist sketch and others believing people are overreacting.
Where do you side?