October 6, 2021

ESPN personality suspended for comments on Obama, vaccines

ESPN suspended on-air personality Sage Steele for a week following controversial comments in a podcast appearance.

Her remarks included referring to the company’s vaccine mandate as “sick” and saying it was “fascinating” that former President Obama identifies as Black “considering his Black dad was nowhere to be found.”

“If they make you choose a race, what are you gonna put? Well, both,” Steele said on Jay Cutler’s podcast “Uncut.” “Barack Obama chose Black and he’s biracial… I think that’s fascinating considering his Black dad is nowhere to be found but his white mom and grandma raised him, but okay. You do you. I’m gonna do me.”

“At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great,” ESPN said in a statement. “That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our internal policies.”

Steele apologized for the comments.

“I know my recent comments created controversy for the company and I apologize,” she said. “We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that impacts all of us, and its more critical than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully.”


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September 12, 2021

ESPN reporter quits over vaccine mandate

ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not cover the college football season because she does not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Williams announced her decision in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child,” she wrote. “This was a deeply difficult decision to make, and it’s not something I take lightly.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women or women who might become pregnant in the future receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to The Hill, no evidence links the vaccine with fertility issues.

In July, ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney, said that all employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 30.


ESPN reporter steps down over vaccine requirements

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