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ESPN Under Fire For Removing An Anchor Because He Shares His Name With A Confederate General

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ESPN has left fans scratching their heads after reporting a change of assignment because of an announcer's name.

College sports fans might recognize the voice of announcer Robert Lee, who calls college football and basketball games for the network. Since joining ESPN in 2016 Lee's name - which is the same as Civil War General Robert E. Lee's - hasn't caused any trouble for him.

But after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protests over the removal of a statue of Lee turned violent and a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of people, ESPN has decided to switch Lee to a different game to avoid any controversy.

As the network explains, Lee was scheduled to announce a football game between the University of Virginia, which is in Charlottesville, and the College of William and Mary. It seems ESPN was trying to avoid any jokes about "Lee and Charlottesville."

But the network's attempt to be sensitive has rubbed some fans the wrong way.

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