ESPN cuts fantasy leagues with anti-Semitic names

Updated: September 8, 2011, 6:01 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- ESPN has removed fantasy leagues with anti-Semitic names from its website after the Simon Wiesenthal Center pointed them out.

The Jewish human rights organization is praising the sports network for quickly responding to its complaint, which it brought to ESPN's attention on Wednesday.

The Wiesenthal Center says that among the offensive team names were "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews Are Terrible."

Network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said that while ESPN has systems in place to protect against inappropriate team and league names "clearly with millions of users and deceptive ways around the safeguards, we can never completely eliminate it."

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center said Thursday that ESPN responded in good faith to its concerns.


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