You know, because viewers might confuse him with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who died in 1870. Or no, maybe with the controversial statue of Lee in Charlottesville, where one of the white nationalists protesting a plan to remove the bronze figure on horseback recently plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters.
An ESPN spokesman told the New York Times it reassigned Lee to cover a different game that day out of concern for his safety. But since there are still statues like that in many cities, we have these further words of caution for the sportscaster: Don’t stand still for too long. Or turn green. Or grow a beard. Or work for people so determined to fit in in this upside down moment.
Melinda Henneberger, firstname.lastname@example.org