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ESPN Broadcaster Named 'Robert Lee' Pulled Off Virginia-W&M Game

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The broadcaster and ESPN mutually decided to have him switch assignments.

A young ESPN broadcaster named Robert Lee was set to call the Virginia-William & Mary Week 1 college football game in Charlottesville.

After the white nationalist protests that took place in the college town over the removal of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, ESPN and the young broadcaster, who is Asian, decided it would be best for him to call another game.

Here's the statement:

ESPN was trying to do the right thing here, preventing their young broadcaster from being the subject of some jokes on social media. But by pulling him off, though, they've just created an even bigger story. The news of the switched assignment was first reported by Clay Travis. His original tweet has been retweeed nearly 4,000 times and has almost 2,000 responses.

ESPN is now facing a ton of criticism for this decision, even though they were really just trying to do a favor for a young broadcaster.

Lee will now be calling the Week 1 game between Pittsburgh and Youngstown State on the ACC Network.