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Something was bound to happen during a 28-hour marathon. ESPN hosted a continuous preview of Fantasy Football for the second straight year on Aug. 14-15. During one of the network’s attempts to entertain during the marathon, there was a real-life auction skit. Auction fantasy football is a popular method to draft for many players on the internet. In an auction draft, each team is given a budget and select a team based on how much funds are available. As opposed to traditional drafting, another team can outbid your selection in an auction draft.

In the auction skit, with a what appeared to be a cast not featuring one Black person, fantasy players bid on New York Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham responded to the clip in a single word when a fan asked him about it on Twitter.

This 29-second clip gives Black people an eerie feeling. A crowd full of majority non-Blacks auctioning off Black people isn’t the best idea for a skit. Especially in the middle of a week where racial tension has once again come to the forefront of America’s attention after the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has since apologized for airing the skit.

“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football,” ESPN said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “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.”

The reactions continued to pour in from other star athletes and fans to activists on social media.

Others defended ESPN in the situation, though.

The world may never find out the motive behind ESPN’s decision to go through with the skit. However, during a 28-hour marathon for the second consecutive year in a political climate like this, a controversy like this was bound to happen.

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal. He placed first in the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference Onsite Competition for Sports Reporting. He has also been featured on NBA.com and A3C.com

  • Guest

    Wow. So tone deaf especially considering the Colin K situation and the current climate of the country. Tells me there are probably no black producers or other people behind the scenes. And espn is considered left leaning smh

  • Oak510finest

    What’s new? Another case of white people being white people. They an inherent obsession pathology. That is why decade after decade, year after year. They do the same thing.

  • James Hepburn

    On the ESPN auction off of “negroes” football players ,it not only reminiscent of slavery where the people of God were sold as bondmen and women in a strange land to strange people(Deuteronomy). The scene in
    movie “GetOut”! where Chris was auction off to have his brain remove and the white man brain put in.

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