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ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment that auctioned off players, including African Americans

ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment that auctioned off players, including African Americans

ESPN issued an apology and explanation Tuesday after airing a live version of a fantasy football auction that some people felt was racist.

“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players,” the network said in a statement. “Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”

The segments featured an auctioneer offering NFL players, some of whom were African American, up for bid to a group of fantasy football players, most of whom were white men. For many people, this came too close to resembling a slave auction. And...

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