Sage Steele, an ESPN presenter, has been removed from the channel’s programming after talking about Barack Obama’s race and vaccine mandate for COVID, which he called “sick”.
sports presenter said Jay Cutler ‘uncut’ Podcast last week that while he hailed those taking vaccines for COVID, “Giving a mandate is sick, and it’s scary in a lot of ways for me.”
She continued: “But I have a job, and a job I love and a job I want”.
An ESPN source reportedly told front office sports on Tuesday that Ms Steele will not be on air and will be dropped for a week from a number of events including the afternoon “SportsCenter” that she hosts.
It was also reported that he had tested positive for Covid, although this is unconfirmed.
It follows a backlash against Ms Steele for criticizing Disney and ESPN’s mandates on COVID vaccinations for employees, and for suggesting that Obama should not identify as Black because he has a white mother. And the grandmother had raised.
He told me ‘uncut’ Podcast: “I’m like, ‘Okay, congratulations to the President. That’s his thing.’ I think it’s fascinating that his black father was nowhere but raised by his white mother and grandmother, but hey, you do. I’m going to do me”.
Ms Steele was later called out on Twitter for “clown behaviour” of the atlantic jemele hill Writing that “Former President Obama should not identify as Black because he had no relationship with his Black father, Sage Steele also thinks female journalists who dress a certain way ‘know you’. What are you doing when you’re putting that outfit on again.'”
The reporter referred to Ms Steele, aspiring female sports journalist who in a certain way “knows what you’re doing” while facing harassment from male athletes.
The presenter reportedly apologized for his remarks, and according to ESPN, said: “I know my recent comments have caused controversy for the company, and I apologize”.
“We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that affects all of us, and it is more important than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully.”
ESPN said in a statement mountain That “At ESPN, we take a variety of perspectives – dialogue and discussion is what makes this space great. That said, we expect those perspectives to be expressed respectfully, in line with our values, and in line with our internal policies.”
Ms Steele has worked at ESPN for nearly 15 years, and was scheduled to host the espnW: Women + Sports Summit starting October 18.
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Credit: www.independent.co.uk / ESPN