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Twitter Blows Up Over ESPN Pulling Commentator Named Robert Lee: ‘Dumbest Idea Ever’

It was reported earlier today that ESPN had decided to remove an Asian-American commentator from announcing a University of Virginia game. Why? Because his name is Robert Lee. No, this is not a joke.

In a statement, ESPN provided their reason for the move, saying it came to the decision with Lee in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville:

We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. 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.

Well, you just knew that as soon as this news started spreading, there was going to be a lot of reaction on Twitter.

Here you go:

[image via ESPN]

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