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ESPN Apologizes For Fantasy Football Sketch That Resembled Slavery Auction

ESPN is under fire for spoofing fantasy football in a sketch as an live auction, which some were reminded of slavery.

In the sketch, an auctioneer was selling a football player, who just so happened to be black, to a crowd of people, who just so happen to be all white.

Here were a few reactions:

 

ESPN has since apologized.

“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players,” the network said in a statement. “Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”

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