"In that moment it felt right to all parties", ESPN added in its statement, referring to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville during which a woman was killed when a rally participant crashed his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters.
Despite this Lee, who is Asian-American, sharing no heritage to the former military leader of the Confederacy, ESPN reportedly believes the fact they share the same name is grounds enough to remove him from covering the Virginia-William and Mary football game this season. Charlottesville was the site of the recent white-nationalist and neo-Nazi march.
In light of the recent violence in Charlottesville that began after the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the broadcaster has been moved to the Youngstown State-Pitt game, slated for September 2, according to a report by The Associated Press.
Lee's decision to request comes on the heels of protests in Charlottesville a couple of weeks ago, in which a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed by a white supremecist.
The website Outkick the Coverage reported on Mr.
Travis said he spoke with a senior ESPN employee who said the changes was not a mandate or demand from the company, but "a people first decision and that assignments are switched all the time".
No matter what happens in Virginia's college football game, Robert Lee is going to have nothing to do with the announcing of it.
According to the popular college-football blog Outkick the Coverage, ESPN pulled an Asian announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game. Lee has now been moved to the game between Pittsburgh and Youngstown State instead. Yes, the differences and ideas of both sides are huge issues right now, but it's hard to believe that an Asian man named Robert Lee could actually offend someone by just calling the action on a football field.
Brian Kilmeade said ESPN's decision to pull Lee from the game in Charlottesville "makes no sense" at all.
Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?