ESPN apologizes after backlash on fantasy football ‘auction’

The sports network drew criticism with a segment in which an audience made up of mostly white males bid on NFL players for their fantasy football teams.

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At best, the bit was found to be tone deaf in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville over the weekend. At worst, it was labeled downright racist.

Here’s how the auction played out on ESPN:

Soooooo ESPN just did an “auction” sketch 🤔

— Jᴀsᴏɴ (@rjasonscales) August 14, 2017

ESPN sold Odell on an auction block to a crowd of White people. In 2017.

— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) August 15, 2017

They hosted a slave auction on ESPN and mascaraed it as a NFL draft

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