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 ESPN is under fire. On Tuesday,  it was reported  that the sports television channel yanked an Asian-American announcer named  Robert Lee  from a college-football…

ESPN's Robert Lee controversy and the Alex Jones of sports

Photo by Mak7912 ESPN is under fire. On Tuesday, it was reported that the sports television channel yanked an Asian-American announcer named Robert Lee from a college-football…

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