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ESPN anchor Sage Steele is never the one to hold back on saying what she thinks, and she did not disappoint during an appearance on “Uncut with Jay Cutler” on Sept. 29.
Speaking with former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, Steele lambasted former U.S. President Barack Obama for listing himself as an “African American” on his 2010 census questionnaire. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, but Steele pointed to him being raised by his White mother and maternal grandmother, not his Black father.
“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,” Steele said.
Steele raises a huge talking point from the 2008 U.S. Election when many took issue with Obama listing himself as an African American. Steele is courageous here, saying something that few in her position would have the fearlessness to say. Especially at ESPN and Walt Disney Co., which continues to push a false sense of equality and censor their own employees.
Steele continued on the subject of race, telling a story of when she identified as biracial on live TV and was ripped for doing so. She said that one of the TV hosts pushed her to choose “Black” or “White”, rather than accurately portraying herself as biracial. And so, this begs the question: why put everyone in a box based on the color of their skin? Seems hypocritical coming from people who are telling us not to judge people based on the color of their skin.
Of course, Steele’s comments were bound to draw a reaction and we got one from Jemele Hill. Yes, the former ESPN castoff. In a Tweet, Hill called Steele’s comments, “clown behavior.”
As OutKick’s Anthony Farris wrote about last week, Steele made waves for speaking out about ESPN’s vaccine mandate, forcing all employees to take the shot or become unemployed. That’s right, take a vaccine that isn’t 100 percent proven to be more effective than natural immunity, or you will be fired. Typical ESPN, but not surprising.
“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways,” Steele said. “But I have a job, a job that I love and, frankly, a job that I need.”
As expected, Steele has issued an apology for her remarks, regretting that she created controversy for ESPN.
ESPN also released a statement today, saying that they “embrace different points of view.” I can’t think of a more hilarious statement than that one, as ESPN has done their best to rid themselves of anybody who doesn’t share the popular point of view. They’ll surely do the same with Steele, who may be on borrowed time at the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.”