ESPN issued an apology on Tuesday for airing a skit in which white fantasy football players participated in an auction to buy a black player.
ESPN2 aired the segment on Monday. The skit depicted an auction draft where a group of white fantasy players raised paddles to purchase football players.
While white players like New England quarterback Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were auctioned off as part of the skit, the footage of an auctioneer selling New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sparked outrage on social media.
Nobody thought a bunch of white people bidding on a black dude was a bad idea? I wonder which intern will get fired for this.— Andre Dawson 3000 (@Max_thePower) August 15, 2017
this mentality is why racism is still alive and well, you know there is white guys in this auction too?— Nick Corriere (@ncorriere23) August 15, 2017
Others didn't think it was a big deal.
I'm with you on 99.8% of things, but this is a type of fantasy football draft, auction style, where all players are auctioned off. Calm down— Ernie Estrella (@ErnieEstrella) August 15, 2017
Folks, before you get in a tizzy about the ESPN auction thing, you have to realize they are doing a mock fantasy football auction draft.— Joe Vasile (@JoeVasilePBP) August 15, 2017