ESPN Prez Defends Idiotic Decision To Create A National Controversy That Never Existed

Tyler Durden's picture

ESPN President John Skipper should probably lookup the meaning of "primum non nocere."  Medical school students all across the country are taught this Latin phrase, meaning "first, do no harm," on their first day of classes as a reminder that, given any problem, their first priority should be to simply not make it worse than it already is.

Unfortunately, Skipper doesn't seem to subscribe to this theory because if he did he would realize that sometimes the best way to address a controversy that never should have happened is simply to keep your mouth shut and 'do no further harm.'  Alas, Skipper's clearly not a doctor and thus we're all stuck having to read another statement from ESPN attempted to explain why they made a truly moronic decision.

Here's the new statement in which ESPN now makes it seem as if it wasn't actually their decision to pull Robert Lee off the air in Virginia, but rather Lee's decision intended to avoid "social media hectoring and trolling"....

"Given the amount of media attention being generated by on of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make every day, I wanted to make sure you have the facts.  There was never any concern - by anyone, at any level - that Robert Lee's name would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game.

 

Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether - in these divisive times -- Robert's assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social media hectoring and trolling.  Since Robert was their primary concern, they consulted with him directly.  He expressed some personal trepidation about the assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State / Pitt game instead, opted for that game -- in part because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening. 

 

I'm disappointed that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda, and sincerely appreciate Robert's personal input and professionalism throughout this episode."

 

...because this path worked out really well for avoiding "social media hectoring and trolling."

Of course, Skipper's new statement, which makes it seems as if the decision was all Lee's idea, somewhat contradicts ESPN's original statement that said it just "felt right to all parties."

“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.”

Skipper, do us all a favor and read the first sentence of this post again...

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For those who managed to ignore this story line so far, below is our post from yesterday.

We've been saying this a lot lately, but just when you thought the political climate in this country couldn't get any more wacky ESPN has to go and pull an Asian-American announcer, who just happens to be named Robert Lee, off the William and Mary vs. University of Virginia college football game because of concerns they might create a mass-triggering of America's snowflakes. 

Is this even real life anymore?  So the fragile millennial culture now demands that you should be thrown in jail if you call them by the wrong pronoun but it's totally fine if their insecurities literally derail a person's career because they refuse to be 'assaulted' by the name his parents happened to give him?

Outkick the Coverage broke the story last night with this summary:

In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.

 

Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?

 

Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.

 

To avoid offending left wing idiots Robert Lee, the Asian college football announcer, not the Confederate General who died in 1870 and shares a name with him, was switched to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game and Dave Weekley will now call the William and Mary at University of Virginia game.

Robert Lee

 

Meanwhile, ESPN issued the following statement:

“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.”

Not surprisingly, ESPN has been mercilessly mocked on social media for their truly moronic decision as #RobertLee quickly shot to the top of Twitter's trending board.

 

Of course, ESPN may be a little sensitive to race issues after being blasted all last week for hosting a fantasy football auction that many people likened to a slave auction...

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YourAverageJoe's picture

Thanks for posting this.

Another name for the "List".

JRobby's picture

ESPN is done. These mis-steps might hasten it's demise but it will die a slow death and be relegated to the unread "History of Pay TV" book that won't even make it to print. Why? Because it is innacurately titled. The title should be: "History of the Media Industry Propaganda Explosion"

Looney's picture

 

Human abilities have limitations, except for Stupidity – THAT has no limits.  ;-)

Looney

chunga's picture

I was only kidding the other day when speculating the next fake hate rally after Boston will be in San Francisco.

Nope, here ya go.

 http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/08/21/san-francisco-police-force-w...

Next stops on the fake hate tour...Baltimore, Soho, Hartford...

Swampster's picture

'NAZI JEWS ARE NEVER WRONG!!!!!

 

 

CNN just said this article is 'anti-semitic'.....

Swampster's picture

JEW DIVERSITY: PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EDITION!!!!

 

 

https://thezog.wordpress.com/who-controls-professional-sports/

 

 

Where is the jew run media on this?

The Cooler King's picture

They better fire all their reporters named Washington & Jefferson too because they were slave owners.

 

But, ESPN, make sure you keep on the staff, Adam Schefter, Susy Kolber, Chris Berman, Al Michaels, Tony Kornheiser, Linda Cohn, Rich Eisen, Steve Levy, Karl Ravech, Jeremy Schaap, Warner Wolf

 

& whatever you do... If your name happens to be 'Lee', even if you're Chinese, just change your name to one of these Jewish Slave Ship owners & you'll be good to go.

 
The 'Abigail-Caracoa' - Aaron Lopez, Moses Levy, Jacob Crown
Isaac Levy and Nathan Simpson
 
The'Nassau' - Moses Levy
 
The 'Four Sisters' - Moses Levy
 
The 'Anne' & The 'Eliza' - Justus Bosch and John Abrams
 
The 'Prudent Betty' - Henry Cruger and Jacob Phoenix
 
The 'Hester' - Mordecai and David Gomez
 
The 'Elizabeth' - Mordecai and David Gomez
 
The 'Antigua' - Nathan Marston and Abram Lyell
 
The 'Betsy' - Wm. De Woolf
 
The 'Polly' - James De Woolf
 
The 'White Horse' - Jan de Sweevts
 
The 'Expedition' - John and Jacob Roosevelt
 
The 'Charlotte' - Moses and Sam Levy and Jacob Franks
 
The 'Franks' - Moses and Sam Levy

 

 

Honey-Badger's picture

Just waiting for the Brawndo commercials now....

pods's picture

It's got what plants crave.

Glad I don't watch ESPN anymore, save for the odd baseball game. But there are no commercials or ESPN promos so it's actually watchable.  Thanks kodi!

pods

HopefulCynical's picture

When you hit Full Derp, you have no choice but to keep doubling down until you go bust.

Buh bye, ESPN. Followed soon by a lot of other Cultural Marxist corporate media cesspools.

Moe Hamhead's picture

Just went to ESPN home page and read a few dozen of the comments sent in.  Looks like they're takin it on the 'chin' (or should I say Lee, another Chinese name!).

SafelyGraze's picture

Cooler King --

are you saying that slave ships had owners???

that's just crazy!

hugs,
the owners of the nba and nfl and mlb 

TeamDepends's picture

If you don't smoke Tarryltons...  Fuck You!

nmewn's picture

Get crazy with the cheese whiz! 

vato poco's picture

Rule #2: SJW's Always Double Down

Manthong's picture

 

Isn’t that the same channel that booted Limbaugh for criticizing a mediocre black quarterback?

It is amusing to watch the hypocrisy.

Over time, their politically correct idiocy will cost them big time.

Hell, just losing the viewership of everybody with Lee in their name will shave a point or two off their ratings.

Juggernaut x2's picture

ESPN is owned by the Disney Tribe so this SJW BS is no surprise.

The Cooler King's picture

I kid you not pods, whatever network you watch for NFL, It's ALWAYS, ALWAYS, a jew like Chris Berman (ESPN), or Rich Eisen (NFL Network) as the desk anchor, with a supporting cast of clownish black ex NFL players, with, one 'token' white who always happens to be the most clownish of them all like a (borderline alzheimers) Mike Ditka, (drunk)Terry Bradshaw, or (dumber than a box of hammers)Boomer Esiason.

 

Nobody really listens to that shit anyway. So, nowadays, they're all only interested in their fantasy leagues, whereby, lo & behold, all the fantasy football 'GURUS' at every site, ESPN, Yahoo, NFL.com are all jews like Matthew Berry, Andy Beherns, etc. who know about as much about football as they do about deep sea gefilte fishing.

 

IT.NEVER.ENDS.

pods's picture

I'm glad that I stopped watching football years ago. People lose their minds over this fantasy shit.  I have enough going on in real life.  Started watching baseball again cause the little one is in little league and I like to show him pitching tips but even that is difficult nowadays. Pitchers all throw way to hard, the strike zone is a fucking joke, and games take forever with the damn prima donnas fixing their damn batting gloves every fucking pitch, whether they swing or not! It's ugly anymore.  College or minor league ball is more fun to watch.

pods

The Cooler King's picture

"Pitchers all throw way to hard"

 

The number of pitchers drafted into MLB (from high school) have an unbelievable high ratio of ending up on Dr. Andrews 'Tommy John' surgery list.

 

FFS ~ MLB, nowadays, for the most part, teamwise, has a 5 pitcher rotation & it's hard for a starter to even get to the 6th inning without having to get yanked because his pitch count is up to 100 already.

 

Chrissakes ~ Back in the day, Cy Young & Walter Johnson would go every 3 days.

 

So I agree, 'mechanical limits' are being stressed & it's starting way too early. The human body doesn't reach it's full musculo-skeltal development until around age 25.

 

~~~

 

I actually played 'minor league' ball, back in the later 70's early 80's... I played on a remnant squad of the old negro league (as a white guy)... I'm not sure if I actually broke the color barrier or not, but I might have (to no fanfare).

 

I was actually the fastest guy on our team. Ran the 60 in 6.5 (in baseball cleats). I still have scars on my legs from dudes 'hard sliding' into the base on me trying to tear me to shreds.

pods's picture

Eek, that was when playing SS was more sporting. Metal cleats, spikes up slides.

I say if they want MLB to be more interesting, let the guys juice again, expand the strike zone, and put some damn seams on the ball. The MLB ball now is like a cue ball with seams drawn on them.  How the hell they can toss Uncle Charlie like the do is mind boggling. Especially guys like Kershaw and Darvish.  You shouldn't be able to make a ball move like that.

pods

Likstane's picture

News flash...juicing never stopped.

Likstane's picture

Don't expand the strike zone. You will have 20 k's a game. Cut the roster to 21-22 and watch as starters stay in games as long as they can. Put a clock on pitchers and don't allow batters to exit box. Baseball will be watchable again.
BTW, if you want to teach a kid to throw a very reliable and easily controlled pitch, even if he can't throw it through a wall, then get him to throw a cut fastball. When his fingers get long enough, tuck the thumb under the ball and tell him to throw it hard. It should tail in the direction opposite of whatever side the fingers are weighted.

The Cooler King's picture

Nobody wants 20k's a game... Sure, they want the odd chance that someone can achieve that, but they don't want it... The only possible good thing from 20k's is that it (might), shorten the game (but probably not). Hitters nowadays are trained to 'take' pitches as much as they can and add to the pitch count so that they can get to the scrub middle relievers ASAP... '3-2' counts SUCK for baseball, & now, with replay, the games are turning into marathons...

 

Cut the rosters? (lol ~ if anything, they'll expand the rosters ~ before the do so anyway in August)

 

KIDS? Need to learn to use their legs earlier... CLEMENS/SEAVER all had tree trunks for legs...

 

Juicing? (Hell ~ oddly enough, I'm not against it)... But the basic problem is that if you allow 'juicing', then the 'juicing' is gonna automatically start earlier & make it's way all the back to THE KIDS... For that reason only, I can't get on board with it.

The Cooler King's picture

@pods

 

"Metal cleats, spikes up slides"

 

That sums it up right there (why I have the scars on my right thigh & left index finger ~ u kno, the out of the glove one)... I actually did play SS that league, which, I guess u figured out... We had blue pants & red jerseys... You couldn't even see the blood from my thigh through the rips in blue pants even though I was the only white guy in 50 miles... Damn if we didn't look like Bingo Long & the Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, but I had a blast... It was '78, and we'd go on these road tips by bus to backwoods towns... Mostly played weekends... Bus would pull up Friday and we'd all go to some bar like the pool hall owner in Bull Durham... Parliament & Funkadelic music would be blarin' and when I tried to walk in with my teammates, they'd have to 'have my back' so I could even get inside...

 

Sundays were typical "Let's play 2" doubleheaders... The game wouldn't start until church let out and most of the ladies in the stands were still in their church outfits... Picnic after the game... I couldn't even posssibly make it up how stereotypical it was, but I had a blast (in spite of the scars)...

 

Oh ~ & the reason I ended up in THAT LEAGUE was because I was still trying to make it into MLB & needed a place to play... I'd almost sliced my thumb off with a knife at a mall court Greek restaurant during my senior year in high school... So basically, I dropped in the rankings because I was wearing a cast from Mid March to Mid May... I couldn't 'start' at shortstop on my American Legion league team that summer because this guy named Cal Ripken had the position locked down...

 

So I decided to go play with Bingo Long.

 

"How the hell they can toss Uncle Charlie like the do is mind boggling. Especially guys like Kershaw and Darvish.  You shouldn't be able to make a ball move like that."

 

Mostly Kershaw... Put it this way, Darvish had a UCL strain (where, Kershaw, has mostly had back problems when he's been injured). Darvish came back from the elbow injury, but then? Had back problems?

 

IMO ~ the big thing with these 2 is that their 'hooks' are thrown at much less velocity... Again ~ it's a mechanical thing that causes different stresses... More pitchers split the difference & throw sliders (actually, more 'sinkers' than sliders, but no announcers really use the term 'sinker' anymore)...

 

Plus, the Kershaw windup is quirky enough to throw a lot of hitters off... He looks like Mark Fidrych trying to unfold a lawn chair...

 

I might just be talking out of my ass on the mechanics though (but that's how I'd interpret it)...

 

TOM HOUSE would be the 'go to' on that.

 

 

Blankenstein's picture

They're probably using steroids or some other performance enhancing drug.  

Sports is just like most other things today - full of cheaters and fakes.  

 

 

nmewn's picture

"Never any concern by anyone at any level..."

So clearly SOMETHING had to be done!

Do they even bother proof reading the drivel they mass produce anymore for context or clarity? 

Oh wait! I've answered my own question! ...lol.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ nmewn,

Red Pill Edited Version:

"Given the amount of media attention being generated by on of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make every day, I wanted to make sure you have the facts. There where concerns - by everyone, at any every level - that Robert Lee's name would, as intended offend everyone watching the Charlottesville game.

Among our Charlotte production staff there was never a question as to whether - in these manufactured Engineered divisive times -- Robert's assignment will, as intended, create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social media hectoring and trolling to achieve the desired effect. Since Robert was the primary concern, we instructed him directly. He expressed some personal trepidation about the Psychological Operation assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State / Pitt game instead, opted for that game -- in part because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening.

I'm elated that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by ESPN with a personal agenda, and sincerely appreciate Robert's personal input and professionalism throughout this Psychological Operation."

Drater's picture

UUhhhhh it has electrolytes or something

TeamDepends's picture

We are living in the Days Of Onion.

InjectTheVenom's picture

seriously though...

what do you expect from a man named "John Skipper"

Bastiat's picture

John Davis @ the FoundingSon beat WB7 to the punch.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

 

Where are the comedians?

I mean this is all free stuff!

jcaz's picture

Good plan, John- keep trying to fix this-

Now go have more meetings, collect more data, and map out your next step- I never tired of watching bureaucracy in disfunction when it doesn't involve me.....

Perhaps Skipper should let Gilligan run things for awhile.....

Handful of Dust's picture

Robert Lee?!

 

Tear him down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Burn him alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

~ Yours truly, alt left and CNN

jcaz's picture

Can't you tell?  The hat.....

chunga's picture

Gilligan would be a better AG than the feckless dope Sessions. Sessions comes out swinging for this Myhre guy, who is the ramrod for trying for a third time to get prosecutions over the "Battle of Bunkersvile".

Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal

https://redoubtnews.com/2017/08/prosecutor-petulance-acquittal/

Prosecutor Myhre gave every appearance at trying to stir the spectators, and possibly the defendants, into making a scene in the courtroom, thereby allowing Judge Navarro a reason to continue incarceration of these two men.

Here's pinhead Sessions...

Sessions: Charlottesville Driver May Face Hate Crime Charge

https://www.newsmax.com/US/jeff-sessions-charlottesville-driver-hate-cri...

"It very well could be a civil rights violation or a hate crime, and there might be other charges that could be brought," Sessions told NBC Newsduring an exclusive interview at the Justice Department. "We are working it intensely on the assumption we may might want to prosecute him."

What a retard, hello Trumps, shitcan this moron. I doubt he's looking at the (potential) ties between Signer, McCaullife and the Charlottesville popos. OANN blew 'em right up good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjWYUybnc8

Kina's picture

AG Sessions is a bucket of Deep State shit.

He has Comey's admitted felony under oath, but instead rushes off to try intefere in another persons trial because the result isn't progressive hate filled enough.

 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

So did ZOG finally get to Sessions, or was he always a piece of shit? DAMMIT I wish Trump had fired him three months ago. FUCK.

Akzed's picture

I'm likin' me some OAN the past few weeks. About 15% better than FNC, but it used to be 10%.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

John Skipper is a self-hating, shabbos-goy cunt, who has been sucking on the greasy tit of Niggerball for so long that he has contracted a new form of AIDS. It's obviously disconnected him (and by extension, his entire organization) from reality and undermined whatever rational faculties he once possessed (assuming he even had them in the first place).

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Oh for fuck's sake. I fell for the oldest trick in the book. There really are kikes everywhere in the media.

taoJones's picture

That's what I love about ZH-FightClub... you guys tell it like it is... no apologies... no prisoners

 

Billy the Poet's picture

Is this a hate crime?

 

Police investigating after video shows cheerleaders being forced into doing splits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vGjFEB47ZQ

 

Would this be a race crime if the races of those involved had been reversed?

chunga's picture

That is sick, I can't finish watching that. I'm glad my kids are grown because about the last place I'd want them to be is in a school.

detached.amusement's picture

Oh, ffs.  Just make splits part of cut/not cut from the squad.  If these crybabies werent so fkn lazy then they'd have been doing enough stretch work on their own to do 'em.

Please stop?  Ok, there's the exit.

What's next, videos of the football team crying when they run until they puke?

Fkn kids these days are made of butter & sour cream floating on top of whine.

chunga's picture

Are you fucking kidding me? They're holding the kid down. If that was my kid that coach better be in protective custody because I'd be very angry.

Billy the Poet's picture

Are you fucking kidding me?

 

I think he's trying to but some parody accounts aren't very funny.