ESPN Apologizes for “Slave Auction”

ESPN aired a segment during fantasy football marathon which depicted a fantasy football auction. Auction drafts are a popular part of fantasy football, but this one was different!

The problem? The segment drew criticism on Facebook and Twitter for resembling a slave auction.

During the segment, ESPN had an auctioneer putting mostly-black football players up for bid. The auctioneer then had people in the mostly-white crowd bidding on them.

You can view the video, and see examples of the fierce criticism on Twitter below:

ESPN issued a formal apology, stating:

“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. Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize”

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