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