New Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough is making headlines before he’s even called a game in that role. At ESPN’s upfronts presentation to advertisers and media Tuesday, McDonough dropped a quip about this November’s historic Monday Night Football game between the Raiders and Texans in Mexico City, and referenced presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wall-building plan in the process:

That’s a pretty good line, but you have to wonder how that plays with ESPN’s no-politics policy, and if former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling and his defenders will cite it as further evidence for their belief that the network’s a bunch of leftists out to get Republicans. McDonough’s quote isn’t a political position per se or a statement on if the wall is a good or bad idea, but some may use it as more proof of ESPN’s supposed corporate liberalism regardless.

[Eric Fisher]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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