Day: October 7, 2021

ESPN’s Sage Steele On Hiatus Following Controversial Comments

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Sage Steele will not appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” the remainder of this week and has been pulled from moderating an upcoming network event following comments she made on a recent podcast.

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Steele appeared on a podcast hosted by former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler where she criticized ESPN and the Walt Disney Company’s mandate for employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine. She also questioned former President Barack Obama’s decision to identify himself as Black on the recent U.S. Census, as well as saying female journalists “need to be responsible as well” if inappropriate comments are directed at them based on how they’re dressed.

Steele, who has been with ESPN since 2007, issued a statement through the network apologizing for her comments.

“I know my

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ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele Tests Positive for Covid-19, Removed From Airwaves

Longtime ESPN anchor Sage Steele reportedly has tested positive for Covid-19, and has also been removed from the network’s airwaves for at least a week.

This, according to the sports business news site Front Office Sports.

Steele, who hosts the Noon ET edition of SportsCenter these days, will also reportedly not participate in the espnW: Women + Sports Summit, which takes place Oct. 18-20.

Steele ignited controversy recently during an appearance on The Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast. She openly objected to the “sick and scary” mandate that all Walt Disney Company staffers be vaccinated by Sept. 30. She is vaccinated, however, expressing a desire to keep her job at the company.

Her comments about Disney

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ESPN’s Sage Steele off ‘SportsCenter’ after comments about Obama, sexual harassment

Rob Tornoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

Longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele won’t appear on “SportsCenter” this week and has apologized following a backlash over recent comments she made about former President Barack Obama and female sports reporters who are harassed.

Steele will also no longer appear as a host and moderator of the 2021 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, which is scheduled to take place later this month, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly. She is expected to return to her role as co-anchor of the noon SportsCenter next week.

While appearing on former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler’s most recent podcast, Steele made controversial remarks about ESPN’s vaccine mandate, claimed young women bore responsibility if men sexually harass them, and chided Obama for declaring himself Black on his Census form.

Like Steele, Obama comes from a mixed-race family — Obama’s father was Black, but he was

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