Clay Travis and white supremacy… what could go wrong?

What started out as a sensible, albeit regrettable, decision wound up being blown up by a guy who loves doing that, especially if it marks ESPN.

When the Charlottesville protests erupted two weekends ago, ESPN executives — for better or worse — wondered if there might be an issue on their hands.

With Robert E. Lee suddenly back in the news, they feared Robert Lee, a young, new play-by-play announcer assigned to the Virginia-William & Mary game on opening weekend would show up in Twitter memes and posts on Web sites like Awful Announcing or Deadspin. They were worried that his big moment, even on a lightly watched game, might turn into a national joke.

According to an ESPN executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, ESPN asked Lee if he would be more comfortable calling another game but gave him the option to stay. Lee chose to switch assignments, and ESPN accommodated him.

This would never have been an issue at all, except for the fact that it was leaked to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage, who frequently critiques ESPN and has accused the company of having a liberal bias.

Travis wrote about it on his Web site Tuesday night and it exploded into a national story, with Travis appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.

Mickey worried about some people behaving like dicks on social media, gave the announcer the choice to swap games, accommodated his rational decision (would you want to take the risk of being made a national punch line over something which you have no control?)… and wound up with some people behaving like dicks on social media anyway.  Ain’t PC great?

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UPDATE:  This Will Leach piece is so smart.  There are two essential points.

One —

ESPN wasn’t being “politically correct.” They were just being corporate. The phrase “political correctness” has been morphed and twisted to the point of meaninglessness. The action that some mock as “political correctness” is less about “being political” and more about “not being a thoughtless rude jerk.” No reasonable person ever says, “I’m about to be politically correct,” unless they are purposely mocking the practice they have decided to use for their own rhetorical purposes. Here’s a way to think about what is inaccurately described as “political correctness:” Is what you are saying needlessly hurtful? Are you just saying it because you are resistant to change, or because you are resistant to understanding how someone different than you might see the world? Are you just saying it to get high-fives from people who choose to see the world just like you do? You are not being “politically incorrect.” You’re just being a jerk. Let’s not confuse the two.

It is worth noting that ESPN was not even trying to be “politically correct” in this sense. The decision-makers just thought, “How can we make sure we don’t get yelled at by our bosses because people might make fun of us on a Saturday afternoon?” The issue for ESPN here isn’t “political correctness.” It’s rabbit ears.

And two —

Clay Travis has clearly lost his mind. There has long been a school of thought that Clay Travis, who used to write about college football for Fox Sports but now mostly talks about globalist cucks and head lice, is actually a smart person who has decided that the way he can advance his personal brand is to try to become the Sean Hannity of sports and appeal to a select, but stubbornly, resolutely focused, sliver of the sports fan audience. As someone who has worked with Travis in the past, briefly at both Deadspin and Fox Sports 1, and found him mostly affable and effusive in person, let me humbly submit that if Travis’ “Sean Hannity of sports” schtick began as an act, the artist and performance have since merged into an unrecognizable singularity. He’s more Pepe the Frog than man now.

In a post on Outkick the Coverage that “broke” this “story” — please do not be distracted by the ads for Outkick the Coverage; there might be some for Infowars-esque Outkick Super Male Vitality Drops by the time this is published — Travis breathlessly screams about “MSESPN!” and their desire to avoid “offending left wing idiots.” This is Travis’ game, of course, and he is surely doing a victory lap today, having uncovered the vast, left-wing ESPN agenda he has convinced himself to be real. But let’s not forget that he’s the one who did the framing on this. What Travis believes to be a liberal conspiracy, a normal person might see as “a big corporation not really understanding social media well and doing something stupid they mistakenly thought would remain privately stupid, as a result.” Turning this into a political issue benefits Travis — it gets him on Breitbart and allows him to beg Skip Bayless to have him on his show — but is not actually what is so funny and ridiculous about this. Travis has invested so much of his personal and professional capital in “guy who tells the TRUTH about the liberal media AGENDA” that it’s all he can see. He’s a hammer who thinks the whole world is a nail, the lone truth teller in a world full of cucks. Sign up for VIP Membership. Get a Free T-Shirt!

ESPN is guilty of nothing more than ineptness.  Clay Travis is a consummate asshole.  If you can’t see the difference, that’s on you.

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156 responses to “Clay Travis and white supremacy… what could go wrong?

  1. Mad Mike

    If the announcer himself chose to switch then what’s the BFD? More outrage porn for the overly politicized I reckon.

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  2. Noonan

    This is what people in the USA in 2017 have forgotten, and need to remember: some people are going to behave like dicks, and there is nothing you can do about it. Stop letting them influence your life. Ignore them. That is all.

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  3. TnDawg

    Clay Travis accusing someone of being a liberal? He is one.

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  4. Cpark58

    If the guy had the choice to switch and did, nothing to see here either way. But for the sake of conversation let’s say 250,000 watch that game for any length of time on TV enough to notice the coincidence, maybe 2500 tweet about it and if those 1000 are “outraged”. We are talking about the opinion of .004% of people. Just like 1000 people who are “outraged” the decision was made to pull Mr. Lee from the game. Granted those are made up numbers to make a point but seriously, who fucking cares?

    The most troubling thing going on today isn’t the crazy people, those have always existed, it’s the fact that they are so loud that no one thinks that rational, level headed people exist anymore. And we continually cater to the whims of the crazy people. We cry wolf so much that when actual outrageous events occur, 3/4 of the country calls bullshit and chalks it up to one of the fringes blowing smoke.

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  5. Mike from Myrtle Beach

    The Senator’s post and the USA Today article both fail to mention that Robert Lee is Asian. At least Travis provides all the facts.

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  6. Jack Burton

    People think Clay Travis is a liberal?

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    • Well, don’t forget there was that time he behaved like a douchebag with Tebow.

      The thing is, Travis will behave that way with any subject if it gets him attention.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Correct. He has said on his podcast on several occasions that he’s never voted for a Republican for president, and previously worked on Gore’s ’00 campaign, yet he realizes most of his audience is right-leaning, thus he’s adopted his stance accordingly.

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      • steve

        ‘The thing is, Travis will behave that way with any subject if it gets him attention’…Obviously I can’t read his mind and until 5 minutes ago I thought he was a country music singer, but if anyone wants attention in the digital age then aim for viral speed. You don’t get that by being non controversial or bland. If this guy had called the game HE would have been the story and not the game, especially considering William and Mary and the word football shouldn’t be mentioned in the same page. I submit that this guy blew a once-in-a-lifetime chance for instant viral status. If nothing else it could have helped him get drinks 20 years from now. Ninety percent of the viewers would have tuned in (then out) just to hear this guy and if he were any kind of entertainer/announcer his ticket would have been punched. Someone gave him bad advice or he doesn’t want the attention. Or he is unsure of his talent. JMO.

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        • Put me on the side that’s not convinced ESPN actually let him make the choice. They were attempting to avoid the heat even before the fire was lit.

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      • Senator and there in lies the true being of Travis and a large number of other pundits. It gets him attention.

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  7. Macallanlover

    We are such a wimpy, over sensitized country these days all you can do is laugh at how pathetic we have become, and how sad that is. It isn’t a WWL issue, or a Clay Travis fault, people are going to whine and cry about any number of perceived slights that occur hourly. I used to think we couldn’t build enough nursing homes to stay ahead of the demand, now I am confident we cannot build enough padded rooms for those who can’t deal with life and reality. Anything less than perfect and easy is just way too much and sends them looking for a snuggle buddy.

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  8. I have it on good authority that the Asian Robert Lee is secretly a racist. He’s been in Charlottesville for over a month now as operative on the ground.

    ESPN made a smart decision. Don’t want anything negative “trending” about their company. The social media reaction could be very damaging.

    And, I’m sure it was totally Lee’ call to move games- I’m sure ESPN didn’t sway him whatsoever. He could have stayed on the UVA game if he wanted. Might of been his last game ever, but he could have stayed.

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    • I’m a UVa grad. Perhaps you can explain to me what is so important about the UVa-William and Mary game that it would be worth Lee wanting to keep the call. Are there national title implications I was unaware of, or something?

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      • No, I left out that I’m sure Lee doesn’t give a shit about that game but to couch it like it would have been totally his call is corporate bullshit from the ESPN exec.

        Do you work for a big company? When someone higher up talks to someone at Lee’s level about what they want you to do, you do it.

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        • You think ESPN was worried about the company being derided if Lee called the UVa game?

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          • When an ESPN execs speaks on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of a subject I would say there is some concern.

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            • You are confusing the aftermath with the upfront decision. What criticism would ESPN have borne had Lee called the UVa game?

              While you’re at it, maybe you can answer this question:

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              • ASEF

                Putin’s twitter farms wave a wand, the usual suspects start complaining. Clockwork. And the irony is that they think the complaining somehow counts as independent thinking.

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              • sorry, I just don’t care about some dude named Jason from sbnation or anything involving Twitter.

                Back to living my life.

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            • Rampdawg

              Yes, I agree with Hardcore’s assessment. He was given a choice to do the game, but was told it would be in his best interest to choose wisely.

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          • doofusdawg

            Yes. I think they absolutely thought that given the recent actions at UVA that having Robert Lee call a game and having his name mentioned over and over would trigger a certain segment of the population. The ironic thing is that the segment which might be triggered would have no interest in watching a football game and probably never has. But you could bet your ass that once they found out that Robert Lee was calling the game they would all huddle up to watch the game or protest outside the stadium. Who knows… might have been a lost opportunity to expand the audience. Luckily we won’t have to endure too many overproduced segments explaining what a forward pass is… sorry… can I say that.

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            • JS

              Yea I thought it was a given that ESPN would be concerned about its own reputation over having Robert Lee call the game – can anyone honestly not imagine the headline “ESPN Faces Backlash and Accusations of Insensitivity over Robert Lee Announcer in Charlottesville”? They might also have wanted to avoid the memes but I really doubt their primary motivation was preserving this poor guy’s dignity.

              ESPN was admittedly in a lose-lose position – let him call the game and risk the nonsensical wrath of a progressive fringe or pull him and face the sh*t storm they’re in now (both that this would get out and that this would be the reaction should have absolutely been foreseeable). But it’s not surprising who they decided they’d rather not piss off.

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      • ugafidelis

        Re: National Title implications…

        You never know Senator. Everybody starts out undefeated haha.

        And what I want to know is: what were you hoping would happen when UGA kicked that last kick-off in 1995 hmm..?

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  9. 3rdandGrantham

    Here’s my question – why couldn’t there have been a Confederate general named Beth Mowins?

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  10. ASEF

    Russian propaganda twitter bots made a lot of hay out of this last night. Clay et al must really want their Putin Participation Trophies.

    Instead of Lee being buried in lame Twitter jokes on opening weekend, ESPN gets buried by Clay and other Culture Warriors for a day – and they were going to whine about ESPN anyway.

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  11. SWGADAWG

    This kind of nonsense is why I have basically turned a deaf ear to cries of racism. When you redefine words (as is the book 1984) the word becomes meaningless. In todays world “racist” is a word used to even describe the eclipse. Yep, a professor has written that article. I don’t see this working out well for planet Earth.

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    • Macallanlover

      The word has been redefined and is why it means so little except to stir a specific pot and divide us even more…to everyone’s detriment. Confusion over the new usage of the word is why we both turn a deaf ear when people use it these days.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Correct, and I’ve touched on this many times. IMO, 99% of Americans cannot accurately define the word. Back in the day, prejudice, bigotry, and racism were correctly used in their right context. Today, all three have been lumped into the R word. You never hear anyone mention prejudice or bigotry anymore as a result.

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      • DawgFlan

        Thanks for telling me what I “never” hear, I must have been so confused. 😉 Seriously though, it would help if we could have honest conversations about prejudices and stereotypes without immediately being labeled racists. BUT, there are also capital R Racists (and Supremacists) out there trying to couch being other terms as well, so it cuts both ways.

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      • Derek

        Stupid is not new. The situation is actually getting better. There was a time where it improved your chances to get elected if you were familiar with and comfortable with using the “N-word.” Check out what the governor of Mississippi said the anagram NAACP stood for.

        Progress is slow and it is frustrating but any suggestion that we’re moving backwards is simply wrong. Things are getting better. Unfortunately we occasionally have a asshole whose desire to win trumps decency and he’ll renegade the retrograde into the political debate. Worse, otherwise reasonable people won’t stand up and kill it in its crib and then we’ve got to clean up the mess. Its a set back but it’s temporary and those who voted for him or for the green or libertarian candidate owe their nation an apology.

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        • Cosmic Dawg

          I voted libertarian and don’t need you or the GOP to tell me how to vote. You vote with your vote, I’ll spend mine any way I please.

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          • Derek

            If you can live with this result then that’s fine. I frankly think the result was completely unacceptable and those who either participated in it or stood by as if this was just another candidate are as accountable as those who pulled lever for Il Douche. This was different. It should have been universally recognized.

            Btw that should be “re-engage” not “renegade.”

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        • Tlkdawg

          There is news, fake news, very fake news, and then there’s Derek. Great commentary on racists and white supremicists electing Trump. It had nothing to do with eight years of anti-American ineptitude.

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          • Uglydawg

            Yes..the “other choice” was just plain shitty. I’d rather be circling the drain than be through it.

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          • Macallanlover

            No kidding, the dummies on the left forget how bad it was to watch that shit show for 8 years. It was their extremism which led to the response they got. Yet you didn’t see moderates and conservatives rolling around padded rooms wailing hysterically and looking for their snuggle buddy. The leftists not only cannot define “racism”, they also don’t seem to realize that going backwards isn’t being “progressive”. (Oh, that’s right, The Master Thought Leader of the misguided named his insurance company that, so they just march to the beat of the machine like dumb sheep.

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          • Derek

            You’re right. Trump voters cringed at the stupid idea that Obama was an illegitimate president. They voted for him in spite of not because he said he wasn’t an American citizen. They voted for him in spite of “Mexicans are rapists.” Some of us have brains and memories and some of us are friggin delusional morons. The guy played the race card over and over and you act like there no there there. Unfortunately for dumbasses like yourself some librul media type invented video tape.

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  12. Clay Travis is a douche. The politically correct WWL shows its corporate bias. Nothing to see here.

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  13. Bright Idea

    Speaking of announcers. Has anyone considered how our fan base is going to react to Torico and Flutie calling the ND game? They will be clear homers as NBC is the ND network. I bet a lot of folks won’t get that.

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    • Tirico is a professional. He’ll be fine.

      Flutie went to BC – they hate Notre Dame.

      They are still better than listening to Scott Howard screaming over a 3-yard run.

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      • Russ

        Or Beth Mowins.

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        • Uglydawg

          Now, now, Russ. If you’ll note in ee’s post, he didn’t include either announcer’s first name, only “Tirico” and “Flutie”. For you to use Mowins’ first name is clearly an insensitive reference to her femininity, as “Beth” is exclusively reserved for cunts.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Scott simply can’t call a game, particularly when the other team has the ball. He’ll call a casual screen play…then suddenly say we tackled him after a 31 yard gain down to our 22. You’re sitting there thinking, what the heck just happened?

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      • Got Cowdog

        Aww man. Howard isn’t so bad, he just had some huge shoes to fill.

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        • Southernlawyer11

          This is an interesting subject. I’ve never cared for Howard, primarily because I think he has the wrong voice and isn’t descriptive AT ALL

          So, what is a good announcing voice ? I’m not sure, but as the late Justice Potter Stewart said “I know it when I [hear] it.” Perhaps somebody like my 81 yr old uncle, with a deep baritone CHICAGO accent. I tend to think northerners with heavy and distinctive regional accents make the best play-by-play guys. You need a fast talker with an accent that catches your ears. Somebody that, when you listen to them, you can’t tell if it’s their accent or radio static…….ahhhh Vintage.

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          • Got Cowdog

            A good announcing voice? Bob Ueker’s in “Major League”. Garland Bunting in ” Bull Durham”. Larry Munson as himself.

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        • The first time he used the “Chubb-y time!” line was pretty good … after that, it was ridiculous. The “One and done, baby!” was really good, but that was perfect for the situation. Munson rarely yelled, but he also made it clear which side he was on. Howard seems to yell for no particular reason. Zeier has to be rolling his eyes every time Howard has an outburst over nothing.

          As Ray Goff said, he knew how hard it would be to follow a legend like Coach Dooley, but he knew it would be impossible for the next guy to follow Munson.

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          • ugafidelis

            I don’t think it’s so many his yelling as it is the advances in the technology really pick it up too well. On the Beleu to Scott video Munson is yelling like crazy but you really can’t tell. Hell the fan noise is louder in the speakers than he is.

            For your listening pleasure…

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      • Macallanlover

        You actually don’t know it is a 3 yard run until he catches his breath. Does he realize radio listeners often cannot see the play and actually need specific yardage, or yardage markers, to know if all the excitement is the result of a gain or loss? Munson, who was the best at everything in that medium, always “gave you the picture” first. “shot up the middle for 5, 8 10 yards” is immediately visualized with that type call and exactly what a radio listeners wants first. Cheer or get dejected afterward Mr. Announcer let us in on what is happening first.

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    • Derek

      No my problem. I have tickets!!

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  14. paul

    On a side note, social media started out fun and showed a lot of promise early on. Unfortunately, it’s become nothing more than a cesspool. Email is has become mostly useless and nowdays it’s more fun to have a root canal without the benefit of sedation than try to engage in a productive exchange on any social media platform. It’s become nothing more than stupidity driven by angry, sanctimonious, narrow minded narcissism..

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    • DawgFlan

      “stupidity driven by angry, sanctimonious, narrow minded narcissism.”

      I’ll have to steal that line, so true!

      The only Social Media platform I have a profile on is LinkedIn, and that is for work reasons, and even there the posts and feeds have turned into stupid, non-professional garbage with people competing for “like” and “comment” trophies.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Technically, this is a form of social media. But yes, Twitter and Facebook are mostly horrible. And the comments on almost any Youtube content are utterly retarded.

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      • Before MSN stopped blog comments, some of their bloggers were in the same league as those on youtube. As I stated, on MSN, if aliens came looking for intelligent life, and went to youtube or MSN blogs, they would leave in a big hurry.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      WHATEVER DISNEY DAWG!!!

      😉

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    • Derek

      You’d find the experience much more pleasurable if you weren’t too stupid to admit that I was right about everything due to a combination of intellect and moral superiority.

      😜

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    • 81Dog

      Hey, I see you’ve met Derek!

      I weep for the future when anyone thinks having an Asian guy named Robert Lee is going to either trigger sensitivities or appear to give comfort to… Who? NAZIS? If this poor little announcer was so afraid of giving offense, he should go ahead and change his name to something less offensive, like Vladimir Putin, or Mao Tse Tung, or Vlad the impaler. It’s his name. Deal with it, everyone, quit being such thought police.

      Oh, and kudos to ESPN for their clever strategies to avoid controversy. It really seems to have worked out well for them. No wonder the profits are tanking; with suits that savvy in the executive suites, they’ll all be working at a UHF station in Minot, SD in no time

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  15. BeardDawg

    Is my privilege showing? Because even if Mr. Lee was calling our Appy State game, I doubt I would have even noticed the coincidence.

    Also, what are the chances that some random dude in VA is named Robert Lee? Pretty high, right? Seems like a fairly common name. Figure that guy can’t peddle his wares at the local True Value without a problem arising.

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  16. Greg

    This world is too politically correct……

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  17. Athens Dog

    I’m more concerned about Beth Mowins calling our games……………

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  18. The funniest part of this is that so many people feel the need to express their aggrievement at the fact a guy was asked by his employer if he’d like to do another job, said okay, and they did it. I have zero idea what the fucking problem here is other than another reason for losers like Travis to bitch about something to rile up the meatheads in his audience.

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  19. PTC DAWG

    A story twisted by some in the media….who would have guessed?

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  20. John

    There was no win for ESPN here.

    They could let Mr. Lee call the game and people would be think ESPN is a joke.

    They could ask him to step aside and people would think ESPN is a joke.

    Once ESPN started worrying about what Deadspin and the internet at large might think they lost.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      In fairness, regardless of this “controversy”, ESPN is, in fact, a joke. Unfortunately, they show most of the college football on the air, and I’m not going to stop watching it.

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      • Uglydawg

        Therein lies my problem. I can boycott a camper dealership, a coffee shop, a grocery chain and even a blog..but not the company that monopolizes college football TV broadcasts.
        I’m not that much of an ideologue.

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        • Macallanlover

          But if you limit it to live CFB and the opening rounds of The Masters and US Open (think they still have that one) they get very, very little. I watch nothing else that I can recall, nothing. When I get to only paying for those specific live events, my contribution to them will be even less. Screw ’em, they had their chance and abused it, lost it.

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  21. Bob

    ESPN is a joke. The mere idea of asking him if he was worried about it speaks volumes of the insanity gripping the nation right now. ESPN’s explanation makes them look worse. I could give a damn about Clay Travis. He is what he is. But this whole deal is beyond insane. It is pathetic. It should be offensive to all Asian Americans as well as it is blatantly racist by current definitions. And the defense of ESPN in this case is utterly laughable. Talk about Fred Astaire and tap dancing.

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    • ASEF

      They are protecting Robert, not their audience. They are protecting Robert from being turned into a Day of Bad Internet Jokes – not because he is a child but because he is an asset.

      It’s not ESPN’s or Robert’s fault that a Nazi ran over people, killing one, in Charlottesville to defend a Robert Lee statue. And the only insane thing here that I’ve seen is WAY more outrage from self-identified Right Wingers/Anti-PC Police about ESPN’s move than the Nazi who, you know, ran over people and killed one.

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      • Don in Mar-a-Lago

        My music did Nazi that coming.

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      • sniffer

        They are protecting Robert, not their audience.*

        From what? Being a public figure? He gave up his privacy when he signed on to be seen and heard on television. He opened the door to criticism, opinion and shared remarks by becoming a reporter on tv. Moving him to a different game, whether it was his choice or not, doesn’t protect him. Your point is nonsense. You simply wanted to vent about people who make you mad.

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        • ASEF

          Lol. He’s not a news reporter or a politician. He’s a guy trying to build his personal brand, and ESPN is trying to help him do that so they can both make more money. “All exposure is good exposure” works if you are Alec Jones or a Nazi – not so much if your career aspirations lean more in the Rece Davis direction.

          Again, you have to believe ESPN did this to insulate their audience from hearing the name Robert Lee to get agitated over it – and the people who believe that are also the ones who believe that Trump won in the biggest electoral landslide ever.

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          • southernlawyer11

            The breaker of said news would disagree with you. Regardless of what you may think, at the very least he did quit what I currently do and is kicking my ass on the money front. Money is not everything but it does pay private school tuition.

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      • Bob

        ASEF, that is the biggest pile of nonsense since ESPN decided to not showcase Robert Lee in Charlottesville. Contrary to what some of you might think, a lot of people in the damn middle are sick of this crap from BOTH sides. The Nazis and KKK people in Charlottesville or anywhere are disgusting scum. But spare me that pompous crap about those who mock this utterly stupid decision as folks who don’t care what those dirtbags did two weeks ago in Virginia. As someone who spent 30 years defending this Republic, mostly abroad, I find the excuse making for this ridiculous decision as laughable….but mostly, very sad.

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        • … since ESPN decided to not showcase Robert Lee in Charlottesville.

          “Showcase”? LMAO.

          Before this blew up, did you even know what team Virginia was playing? For that matter, did you even know when Virginia was playing?

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          • Sides

            You realize none of this is about Virginia football right? Its not about Robert E Lee or Robert Lee or white supremacists’. Literally no one is offended by this guy’s name or by Robert E Lee. Don’t blame Clay Travis for making this an issue, look at your own political party. You are doing exactly what Clay Travis is doing on the other side. I’ll bet your 3 most viewed and commented posts of the year were all on Charlottesville. You have probably made a fortune in ad revenue these past two weeks.

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            • Honestly, the perception some of you have about me trolling for ad revenue is hilarious. I know it’s hard to believe, but this blog isn’t my day job for a good reason.

              You’ll have to explain to me how a Virginia football game broadcast isn’t about Virginia football.

              And for what it’s worth, this is the most viewed GTP post of 2017.

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              • doofusdawg

                Gawker Media… Deadspin… New York Magazine. If Will says it… it must be true. And some of us actually think that politics is taking over sports. DJD.

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            • Rebar

              Don’t drag your damn politics in here, and get off my lawn!

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        • Dog in Fla

          There is no middle

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      • 81Dog

        That whole protection thing really worked out, didn’t it?

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  22. W Cobb Dawg

    “Travis wrote about it on his Web site Tuesday night and it exploded into a national story, with Travis appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.”

    National story? Yeah, right. I’m sure the fox people and travis would love someone, anyone to think that. This story doesn’t even merit a yawn.

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  23. Chico Dawg

    Ummm.
    I wonder if network founder and broadcasting icon Bob Ley is going to bring up the story about Bob Lee today on “Outside the Lines”???
    Based on these circumstances, I think Ley should resign. His name is just too close to the Confederate general who has been dead for 150 years and it musters up too many feelings when Ley is uncovering the pain and suffering horses undergo while participating in water polo…
    My God- this world we live in….

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  24. southernlawyer11

    Clay Travis is annoying and in a perfect world maybe this thing never gets leaked. But I am also disappointed in ESPN’s leadership. We need our leaders in media to NOT buy into the hysteria because it just keeps the wheels of insanity rolling. IMO, they were either naive or disingenuous in thinking this would not get leaked. And now the cover up is worse than the crime.

    How many times does the casual viewer actually see the announcers name, in type, blasted on the TV ? I watch a ton of college football and there are plenty of “voices” WAY WAY more prominent that i should know but do not because you may see or hear his name just 2 or 3 times in the broadcast. It’s not like they are showing Brock Huarde’s name as much as Jacob Eason’s on your TV screen. I personally think nothing would have happened and even if the Twittersphere noticed it would not have had any negative impact of either the WWL or Mr. Lee.

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    • And now the cover up is worse than the crime.

      Oy. What’s the cover up and what’s the crime, exactly?

      This whole thing is the proverbial mountain from a molehill.

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      • D.N. Nation

        Minor decisions concerning personnel based on fears of a potential nuisance on social media are the height of a snowflake PC SJW ((globalist)) Mainstream MSM Media George Soros-led conspiracy, duh. And how come there isn’t a White Entertainment Television, huh?

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      • Southernlawyer11

        Figure of speech of course……but:
        Cover Up: moving the guy off said broadcast in order to avoid the. . .
        Crime: yea, I don’t know either. His well being ? Awkardness ? Offending someone ?

        All of which are ridiculous. And now a story has been created when that is exactly what they were (supposedly) trying to avoid. And to your update about “ineptness,” I can’t really disagree with that. But for their domain (sports broadcasting) it’s about as inept of a chess move as Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville.

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        • The dumb thing on ESPN’s part was thinking (hoping?) nobody would leak the decision to a tool like Travis.

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          • Dog in Fla

            Which in turn made Reuters get a Snap-on® double-shot of somebody’s baby love

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          • dubyadee

            What is inept about preemptively identifying a potential distraction from your core mission and taking reasonable steps to avoid it? ESPN probably (and probably correctly) determined that, even if it did leak, this story would blow over faster than the distraction faced if they had not done anything. In our age of punditry, you have to assume that the idiocy is going to snowball.

            As a die-hard centrist, I wonder how many of the talking heads on the radically liberal side are sad that they did not get this inside scoop so they could turn it into similar click bate.

            The story writes itself: ESPN, owned by a greedy, international mega-conglomerate, dumped this announcer (one of the few racial minorities breaking into the lily-white world of college football broadcasting) just to avoid a discussion about important social justice issues that might alienate its racist southern viewership.

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            • What is inept about preemptively identifying a potential distraction from your core mission and taking reasonable steps to avoid it? ESPN probably (and probably correctly) determined that, even if it did leak, this story would blow over faster than the distraction faced if they had not done anything.

              I don’t think ESPN considered the possibility that the story would leak.

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  25. God – I love Leitch’s post as well. The phrase “political correctness” has been hijacked to the point that it’s now just a catch-all phrase for shit certain people don’t like that are either not eloquent enough to describe what it is that they don’t like or, frankly, are too chickenshit to come out and say exactly what it is they don’t like. It’s much easier to just deride things as “PC culture” than to say what people really feel.

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    • ASEF

      The ideology of PC Opposition has become the very thing it set out to mock.

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    • Southernlawyer11

      I will take a shot at a retort, to attempt to describe what is “political correctness” and why it can be bad.

      Political correctness is the disingenuous conformity to a certain stated socio-political position despite the existence of rational and competing counter-argument(s). In the case of a leader, the decision is a selfish (as opposed to selfless) one designed to appease a target audience that seemingly holds the most threats to the decision maker’s socio-political capital, rather than advocate on the basis of a genuine belief. It is dangerous when leaders use it to make difficult decisions because it obfuscates the truth. A difficult decision may be defined as one in which there are reasonably rational and competing counter-arguments. The best route of self-preservation is then chosen by avoiding the ire of whichever competing camp most likely resembles an angry mob. Thus is born a cycle of mob rule.

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      • dubyadee

        Back in the real world, people should simultaneously try to make good decisions and not be a dick. Sometimes, that means you don’t say what you think. If you want to get really advanced, you can think more about the way what you say will be received, and concentrate on achieving goals rather than expressing yourself.

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        • Southernlawyer11

          But that’s not the point of this discussion. Nobody disputes the need for a filter. The point I am trying to make is that there are a whole slew of people that are just “right of center” that get unfairly labeled “hard right” simply because they are tired of every discussion starting center left, at least. This is the 2016 election in a nutshell. I’m not sure why this is unclear at this point.

          And it has moved center left because every single rationally thinking person’s worst (social/professional) fear is being called a racist. This is political correctness. And it will never produce the “open and honest discussion” that liberal always demand.

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        • Cojones

          dubyadee, that would put gtp out of business.

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  26. Shane#1

    This whole thing is simply stupid. I guess all the Robert Lees will have to change their names now. People coming to blows and a woman getting killed over a statue that sat their a hundred years and never hurt a bleepin’ soul. I don’t know if all sides were violent but all sides were stupid!

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  27. Interesting comments on the blog. So far no one has gone totally bonkers, just stated their usual feelings and reasoning.
    I had a cousin, the last family reunion, that really hates PC speech and what the world has come to.
    He openly states he would love to return to the day that spics, kikes, niggas, were called such and anyone against that is too PC.
    When I told him he was a total absolutely hate filled bigot(see there to some of you, I do know that word) he got all offended. Then, called him worse and told him I was just telling it like it is(what he loves to say about some current politician) and he stomped off.
    Just goes to show, depends on what side you are on and what your history is. PC to some is not the same to others. Thus the world still turns.

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    • Southernlawyer11

      Examples

      100% wrong and abhorrent: your cousin.
      PC culture gone mad: beginning a supposedly “open and honest discussion” (arguably the MOST meaningless buzzphrase du jour) with a baseline assumption that Black Lives Matter is a force for good. Same with Antifa.

      At least that’s how I see it anyway. An argument with weaponized political correctness is like starting a football game down 10-0.

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    • dubyadee

      Most people don’t want someone to tell it like it is. Most people want someone to tell it like they already think it is.

      Politicians, Pundits and media have been taking advantage of this for a long time. Now it is coming back to bite them. They are being undermined by a more polarized public that drank the kool-aid and wants to elect more extreme politicians that actually believe what they say. This is frightening.

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      • Rampdawg

        Damn! Fuck politics, I just wish this blog would go back to talkin’ about UGA Football. Geez! 10 days people. GO DAWGS!!

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        • There were several posts yesterday about Georgia football and college football. Just like always.

          If you don’t want to read about politics — and I notice that on more than one occasion you seem ready and willing to jump into a comment thread when I post something that touches on the political front — then, don’t. Skip the posts.

          Otherwise, quit bitching about it.

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  28. stoopnagle

    JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!

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  29. Buz

    How frickin bored do we have to be to have this thread be this long.

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