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Allison Williams is a seasoned college football reporter for ESPN. For nearly 15 consecutive years, Williams has been present and active in covering the fall games. This year, she’ll have to miss out on the season due to ESPN‘s vaccination mandate for reporters.
On Thursday, Williams released a statement on Twitter explaining that she and her husband have plans for a second child and have therefore opted not to get the vaccine. Williams explained that her role as a wife and mother led her to make this personal decision rather succumb to coercion.
“While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother,” Williams affirms, citing her “personal health” as a top priority as she begins to plan for a second child. Williams consulted with a specialist and decided that a vaccine would not be in her “best interest.”
The statement continues:
“Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child. This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic, however taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love.”
OutKick’s Clay Travis gave his thoughts on Williams’ announcement — congratulating the couple and standing alongside her decision to defy ESPN’s mandate.
Follow along on Twitter: @AlejandroAveela