Honestly, this is the dumbest time to be alive. Earlier this afternoon Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis tweeted that ESPN had removed an Asian announcer from an upcoming University of Virginia football game because — get this — his name is Robert Lee:
ESPN pulled Asian announcer Robert Lee off the UVa home opener to avoid offending viewers: https://t.co/2Oz22i4Vpx— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 22, 2017
Surely not, you’re thinking. No one is this politically correct, right? Even though Clay’s a sharp guy, his sources can’t be right, can they? Well, maybe so. Clay next reported that ESPN responded with a statement. Our own Charlie Cooke reproduced it below:
“We regret that this became an issue,” said the people who made it an issue. pic.twitter.com/jENzFZpcGo— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) August 23, 2017
Then it broke out everywhere, with multiple sports reporters claiming ESPN sent them the same thing. For example:
ESPN just emailed me the same statement Clay Travis got. pic.twitter.com/BE5YCKx3qs— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) August 23, 2017
There you have it, sports fans. It’s entirely possible that the nation’s premiere sports channel — not Oberlin College, not Evergreen State, not Yale — has reached peak political correctness. A real person had his assignment changed because he shares the same name as a former Confederate general. Parents, if your last names are Grant, Meade, or Sherman, might I suggest Ulysses, George, or Bill as boy’s names? They’ll have an inside track at ESPN.
I would say that you have to laugh or you’ll cry, but that’s not right. ESPN is beclowning itself. Laughter is the only good response.