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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia’s season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

A spokeswoman for ESPN says Lee has been moved to Youngstown State’s game at Pittsburgh on the ACC Network on Sept. 2. The network says the decision was made “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.”

Plans to remove a statue of Lee led to a protest in Charlottesville earlier this month that attracted what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. Violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters.

ESPN says the decision to put Lee on another game was made “collectively.” It also says it’s “a shame that this is even a topic of conversation.”

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  • CCMcBee

    As a huge lib I have to say this is about the dumbest damn thing I have ever seen. Dumald Drumph still holds the #1 spot.

  • cheese101

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words really do hurt me is the new saying of the snowflakes.

  • Heimie Schmelter

    This is what you get when a bunch of left-winged nut buckets live load the news with monkey sludge.

  • Guest2020

    Saw a comment somewhere else that it is rather sad that ESPN can’t tell Caucasian from Asian.

  • Roy L. Vestal

    One word: STUPID!

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