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ESPN Airs Racist 'Auction' Segment, Issues Apology for Being 'Offensive'

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ESPN recently aired an "auction" skit, which featured an auctioneer selling (Black) NFL players to the highest bidder. Needless to say, many viewers found the content offensive and inappropriate. 

Social media was quick to call out the insensitivity surrounding the segment, given its semblance to a slave auction.

Giants' player Odell Beckham Jr. was one of the players featured in the sketch, and was "sold" for a mere $34. He turned to Twitter to express his distate with one word: “Speechless”. 

 

 

The segment was meant to portray how fantasy football works regarding consumers bidding on players, but it's clear their efforts didn't work. 

Coming off the heels of the violence and dissention that occurred in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, the segment can only be seen as thoughtless (but it seems to reflect the current state of America). Nineteen people were injured and one died after a car ran into a crowd of people during counter protests at a white supremacist rally. 

ESPN has issued an apology that reads, "Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football," says the network. “And ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players. Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize." 

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