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SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele is speaking out about the Walt Disney Company’s vaccine mandate, which forced her to make a decision between a jab and a job. Steele’s employer, ESPN, is owned by the Walt Disney Company, which announced in August that all salaried and non-union hourly employees would be required to be fully vaccinated within 60 days. The requirement left the veteran sports host no choice but to get vaccinated, despite her objections.
Steele told former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler that she “didn’t want to do it,” during an appearance on his podcast, “Uncut with Jay Cutler.”
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 28, 2021
Steele, 48, who previously pushed back against ESPN’s one-sided liberal agenda, once again sounded off on the worldwide leader, specifically their vaccine mandate. “I work for a company that mandates it, and I had until September 30th to get it done or I’m out,” said Steele.
A fixture on ESPN programming since 2007, Steele is not anti-vax, she’s anti-mandate. She told Cutler: “I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways. I just, I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that.”
Steele’s been one of the few ESPN personalities willing to speak out against mask mandates and a media bias that leans heavily towards the left. In fact, she may be the only one. Last week, she retweeted a graphic shared by OutKick founder Clay Travis, showing that more children have been shot in Chicago this year than have died from COVID.
The sick trend continues as it has for YEARS in Chicago.
Funny how no one talks about it publicly..much less does anything about it.
But yes — let's keep masking up our children! SMH.
Once again, when facts don't fit the narrative………
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) September 23, 2021
“Funny how no one talks about it publicly..much less does anything about it. But yes– let’s keep masking up our children! SMH. Once again, when facts don’t fit the narrative…,” tweeted Steele, in response to Travis’ post.
ESPN won’t have to look far to find a deserving recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next year’s ESPYs. In Steele, they have an in-house candidate who: “possesses strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” the exact qualities ESPN seeks in their yearly award winner.
Her chances of being nominated are slim to none. But hey, it’s worth a shot.