PHILADELPHIA (CNN)–ESPN apologized on Tuesday for a fantasy soccer phase of an public sale draft the place black gamers have been bought to principally white male bidders.
“Public sale drafts are a standard a part of fantasy soccer, and ESPN’s segments replicated an public sale draft with a various slate of prime skilled soccer gamers,” the community assertion stated.
“With out that context, we perceive the optics might be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”
On social media, response to the phase that was a part of the 28-hour fantasy marathon was combined, with many evaluating the outside scene to a contemporary-day slave public sale.
New York journalist Shaun King tweeted video of the public sale with the message, “Apologize now for doing a sketch the place you auctioned a black man off to the very best bidder.”
Different questioned the timing of the phase, which got here days after Saturday’s bloody white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended with the dying of counterprotester Heather Heyer.
“Soooooo ESPN simply did an ‘public sale’ sketch,” a person named Jason wrote on Twitter.
The tweet included video of a phase during which the auctioneer says, “Subsequent on the public sale block, we have now Odell Beckham Jr.”
The quick-paced pitch ends with the sale of the New York Giants large receiver, who’s black, for $34 to a white man the auctioneer calls “Shiny Prime.”
Over the weekend, white nationalists and different proper-wing teams clashed with counterprotesters over the deliberate removing of a statue of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee from a metropolis park.
Heyer, 32, was killed when a automotive rammed right into a crowd strolling down a road. James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-yr-previous Ohio resident, was charged with second-diploma homicide in Heyer’s demise.
Others on social media famous that white NFL gamers have been additionally a part of the bidding.
“Fam-The optics aren’t good-agreed,” Kenny Mayne tweeted from Seattle.
“Nevertheless it was replicating Fantasy Soccer auctions–whites up for bid. too. We respect you.”
ESPN launched a video displaying an public sale phase involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who’s white.
“The public sale concerned prime gamers from all through the NFL,” the assertion stated.
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