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ESPN slammed for alleged slave imagery in fantasy football auction

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Odell Beckham Jr. took offense to an ESPN segment that featured him and other NFL players being auctioned in a fantasy football draft. "... we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize,” ESPN said in a statement. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

ESPN apologized in a statement to USA Today on Tuesday night for a fantasy football auction segment that offended viewers by drawing parallels to a slave auction.

Social media erupted with outrage over images of a white man holding up a picture of black players while a crowd of white people eagerly submitted bids to "own" the player.

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