ESPN anchor suspended from network after controversial comments

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Sage Steele, a female sports anchor for ESPN for 14 years, has been put under disciplinary action for comments she made about former U.S. President Barack Obama.

In September, while on the podcast “Uncut with Jay Cutler” hosted by the titled former NFL quarterback, Steele spoke about the former president’s choice to self-identify as a black man, even though he is bi-racial. Steele, also bi-racial, has chosen to identify her race as both white and black. She said,

I think that’s fascinating considering his black dad was nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him

The comments drew ire from ESPN, who suspended Steele, and from many former ESPN employees, including far-left leaning Jamele Hill.

ESPN issued a statement afterword, saying,

At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great. That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our internal policies.

Steele later apologized for these comments. Many are speculating, however, that there is something more at work under the surface and that Steele’s stance on the COVID-19 vaccine mandates also led to her suspension. ESPN, owned by Disney, required all employees to be inoculated by September 30, and Steele gave an honest and well-articulate opinion:

I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways.

On “Uncut” Steele revealed that she had received the shot, but that it was due to her employer’s requirement. ESPN has been consistently criticized for promoting left-leaning policies under the guise of sports, while also silencing any voices that speak out against the company’s party-line positions.