“Given the amount of media attention being generated by one of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make every day, I wanted to make sure you have the facts,” the note read. “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 hectoring and trolling,” he said.
“Since Robert was their primary concern, they consulted with him directly,” Skipper explained. “He expressed some personal trepidation about the assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown/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.”
New: internal memo from ESPN prez John Skipper about the Robert Lee decision pic.twitter.com/3yFk4hbDRb— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 24, 2017