ESPN has taken action against anchor Sage Steele after she made some controversial comments about the COVID-19 vaccine and forever president Barack Obama. She has apologized, but the network still issued a suspension. More inside…
ESPN’s Sage Steele has found herself in hot water after making some controversial comments about the COVID-19 vaccine and forever president Barack Obama.
While chopping it up on Jay Cutler‘s “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast, she shared her thoughts with the former NFL quarterback about the COVID vaccine mandate her employer – ESPN – put in place. She said she only got the shot because she didn’t want to be removed from the air.
"I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I’m out," she said about the vaccine. "I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney. I mean, a global company like that."
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN has suspended the regular noon "Sportscenter" anchor and she will no longer be the host for the the 2021 "espnW: Women + Sports Summit," which will take place from Oct 18th -20th.
Not only that, the site reports she has tested positive for COVID-19, but her suspension goes beyond her diagnosis.
“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.”
The network also shared an apology from Steele:
"I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize,” Steele said. “We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that impacts all of us, and it’s more critical than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully.”
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) October 5, 2021
The 15-year ESPN veteran made a series of controversial remarks during her appearance on Jay Cutler’s podcast, which included her thoughts about the vaccine mandate, sexism in the industry, and she even questioned forever president Barack Obama’s ethnicity. Hmph.
While chatting about which "box" she would check for the census (as a biracial woman), she shared her opinion on Mr. Obama’s preference when filling out the questionnaire.
“I’m like, ‘Well, congratulations to the president. That’s his thing.’ I think that’s fascinating considering his Black dad was nowhere to be found, but his White mom and grandma raised him, but hey, you do you. I’m going to do me."
Ma’am, have several seats. It’s also interesting she chose former Bears QB Jay Cutler’s show to express these "race concerns", seeing that he, himself, is a vocal Trump supporter. Cutler was also known in the NFL for being "an overpaid quarterback who choked during big games, threw inconsistent passes, missed dozens of games due to injury, and had a bad attitude." He was also signed to the Dolphins over Colin Kaepernick, who had a much better stats, much to MANY fans’ dismay. And he was quite silent on all matters that involved Black Lives.
While talking about sexism in journalism, she placed blame on female sports reporters for wearing oversexualized attire.
“So when you dress like that, I’m not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing when you’re putting that outfit on, too,” Steele said. “Like, women are smart, so don’t play coy and put it all on the guys.”
Gotta love the "conservative women" who display internalized misogony whenever they feel it will be welcomed. Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill flagged her comments as "clown behavior" on social media:
So on top of thinking former President Obama shouldn’t identify as black because he didn’t have a relationship with his black father, Sage Steele also thinks female journalists who dress a certain way “know what you’re doing when you’re putting that outfit on.”
Clown behavior. pic.twitter.com/edgTVopQqg
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 3, 2021
"So on top of thinking former President Obama shouldn’t identify as black because he didn’t have a relationship with his black father, Sage Steele also thinks female journalists who dress a certain way ‘know what you’re doing when you’re putting that outfit on.’ Clown behavior."
Indeed it is.
Sage was also rightfully dragged on Twitter (and by other former colleagues too) for her thinly veiled hateful & idiotic comments:
Le Sigh. My Dad wasn’t around when I was younger. I’m still Black.
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) October 3, 2021
My dad is white and my mom was a Chilean immigrant. I consider myself Latina even though she is currently “nowhere to be found” because (like Obama’s father) she is dead. @sagesteele is awful. https://t.co/zEzDTnfmHf
— Lisa Guerrero (@4lisaguerrero) October 3, 2021
I’m not sure anyone hates being black more than Sage Steele. Uncle Ruckus would feel inferior in comparison.
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) October 3, 2021
Never forget Sage Steele leaned over to allow her her hair to be pulled on live TV and let the guy comment it was “real” suggesting others wear weaves in her position and only responded “random! Lol” pic.twitter.com/k1fsEhj11I
— (@exavierpope) October 3, 2021
3) Sadly, @sagesteele has a long rep there for trying to blow up the careers of co-anchors and other co-workers. Mind of an assassin, no aim, always wounding herself. But this stuff, especially the Obama part, is intolerable. They need to take her off the air, immediately. https://t.co/HmO3NwHmIK
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 3, 2021
This woman stays putting her foot in her mouth.