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‘I cannot put a paycheck over principle’ [Video]

Allison Williams is departing ESPN over the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The 37-year-old college football and basketball reporter joined the network in 2011.

“I have been denied my request for accommodation by ESPN and The Walt Disney Company” Williams began in a video posted to Instagram. “Effective next week, I will be separated from the company.”

The Walt Disney Company, which co-owns ESPN, announced in July that salaried and nonunion hourly U.S. employees must be fully vaccinated in order to return to work. Williams previously said she doesn’t want to get the vaccine while she and her husband try for a second child. (Major ob-gyn and fertility organizations support the vaccine.)

ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams says she's leaving ESPN over the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams says she’s leaving ESPN over the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams went on to explain she believes women who say they’ve had no fertility issues after getting the vaccine, as

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What Brian Flores told Kyle Pitts after UF ‘unicorn’ put on a show at his pro day

Some significant bits of information emerged from the University of Florida’s star-studded Pro Day:

Tight end Kyle Pitts is built like a pass rusher, runs like an X receiver and has arms like Inspector Gadget.

And if he slips to the Miami Dolphins at No. 6 — which is far from certain — general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores would have serious interest in taking him.

Flores made the four-hour trip to Gainesville to get a close look at Pitts, the 6-5, 245-pound tight end who clocked a 4.44-second 40-yard dash Wednesday.

And before Pitts slipped inside after a great day of work, Flores sought him out.

“Me and him did talk,” Pitts told reporters on a Zoom call. “We talked for a little bit. He said we’ll get back on the phone this week. I feel like I did pretty well performing. He said I was doing

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The Monday After: The Big Ten needs to put Ohio State in its conference title game for its own good

Ohio State is a playoff team. It has been the entire season, even if an entire season in the Big Ten hasn’t felt like an entire season. While many people needed to see Ohio State smother Michigan State without several key starters and coaches to be convinced, I’ve felt this way for a while.

I don’t need to see Ohio State play a minimum of five games before I can decide if it’s better than other College Football Playoff contenders.

I’ve also been convinced that while plenty have debated about how many games the Buckeyes need to play this season to be selected for the playoff, that it’s never been a legitimate problem. As long as Ohio State didn’t have its season shut down by COVID-19, I’ve felt it will be one of the four teams chosen so long as it doesn’t lose one of the games it does play.

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