The Point: What’s in a Name?

Is anywhere safe? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Ahh. College football season is starting. Time to escape those headlines and enjoy some sports.

Well, nope, thanks to ESPN, which decided to pull its play by play guy from broadcasting the University of Virginia home opener. Why? Only because his name is Robert Lee, like the Confederate general at the center of the late unpleasantness in Charlottesville.

Of course, these Lees are not related. In fact, the broadcaster is of Chinese descent.

ESPN tried to cover their backsides with a statement that said “It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue.”

But it’s only an issue because ESPN made it one. And making issues is what ESPN is doing more and more of these days—like when it gave former Olympian Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner its courage award for declaring himself a woman.

I think you should let ESPN know what you think. And maybe remind them that there are plenty of other games on plenty of other networks.

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