ESPN got into some trouble over the weekend for their use of graphics and a song in the pre-Colts-Texans production.
The song in question was “Dixie,” widely associated with the Civil War Confederacy, and was used in a graphic that portrayed Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as a Civil War officer dodging cannon balls.
“It was a mistake to use this song. We regret having done so and we apologize,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement to Sporting News.
However, some of the Colts offensive linemen appeared to be clad in gray uniforms – the colors of the Confederacy. Such colors would be historically inappropriate as Indiana represented the Union in the Civil War.
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According to the Washington Post, over 25,000 Indiana soldiers died representing the Union in the Civil War.
The Colts went on to win the game against the Texans, 21-7.
They will play against the No. 1 seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Playoff Round this weekend.