ESPN and Sage Steele have cut ties. Following a legal settlement with the network, the longtime anchor of SportsCenter announced her departure from Disney’s ESPN on the show, the channel that replaced Twitter. In a 2022 lawsuit, Sage Steele claimed that the network had discriminated against her because of statements she had made against the Covid vaccination and other social and political concerns during a podcast appearance with Jay Cutler.
Steele wrote on Tuesday on X that having successfully resolved her issues with Disney/ESPN, she has decided to resign to use her rights of the first amendment more freely. She also added that she has had so many fantastic adventures over the previous sixteen years and that she was excited for the next one.
Sage Steele Leaves ESPN For More Adventures Ahead
The anchor claimed that after being “sidelined” as a result of her podcast appearance, her contract, along with her free speech activism had been breached in her complaint against ESPN and its parent corporation. Sage Steele and ESPN have amicably decided to split ways, a representative from ESPN confirmed on Tuesday. “We appreciate all of her contributions,” they said.
Sage mentioned getting vaccinated against the virus on the September 2021 episode, although she called the company’s vaccination requirement “sick.” She said, “Obama is biracial but chose Black… congratulations, that’s his thing,” in reference to the former president’s race. Given that his Black father couldn’t be located, his White mother and Grandma reared him, I find it intriguing. Additionally, Sage said that the late B. Walters made fun of her for considering herself as biracial. Sage Steele Mona Steele’s daughter, a white lady, and Gary Steele, the first Black football player at West Point.
In that podcast itself, Steele made the argument that females who dress provocatively at work are to blame for any sexism or misogyny they may encounter.