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Tucker Carlson almost didn't report on the ESPN-Robert Lee story on Tuesday night because he found it hard to believe that the left had become so "hysterical and reactionary and stupid."

"Oh, but we were wrong," Tucker said.

ESPN decided to remove broadcaster Robert Lee from the University of Virginia's football season opener because he has the same name as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The network said in a statement that the decision was made "as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name."

"America got a little less free in the process," Tucker said tonight.

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Clay Travis, who broke the story on Outkick the Coverage, said he's started calling the network "MESPN" because it has a left-wing political leanings, just like MSNBC.

Tucker said the fact that ESPN isn't upfront with their political bias is what's most frustrating about this whole debacle.

"That's why I'm almost never offended by MSNBC, the real one, because they are what they say they are," Tucker said. "That's fine. They're the Leon Trotsky network. They act like it, I don't care. They're not lying to me."

He added that the big loser in this - other than ESPN - is Lee himself.

"They exposed him to ridicule, they made him famous in the worst way and they prevented him from calling a game because of his name," Tucker said. "It's cruel."

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