People online are getting upset about a segment that aired on ESPN as part of the network’s annual Fantasy Football Marathon ahead of this year’s NFL season.Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley pointed out on Tuesday a tweet with a clip from ESPN’s segment featuring a Fantasy Football auction-style draft.The player being drafted in the segment is New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., an African American player.ESPN apologized for the poor optics in a statement to TheWrap: 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 ESPN spokesperson also pointed out another clip from the segment in which Tom Brady was being auctioned off, saying that the auction in question included top players from throughout the NFL.The segment aired as part of a 28-hour Fantasy Football marathon, which kicked off Monday at 7 p.m. The Marathon includes Fantasy Football specials in primetime, segments on multiple editions of “SportsCenter” and Fantasy Football-themed editions of other programs including, “First Take,” “Jalen & Jacoby,” “Mike & Mike,” “NFL Live,” “Outside the Lines” and “SportsNation,” as well as a special live TV edition of the “ESPN Fantasy Focus Football” podcast.ESPN: "Let's do a Fantasy Football auction segment with all white people bidding on a black player like a slave"
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