Sage Steele expresses outrage over ESPN’s’sick’ COVID vaccine demand.
ESPN broadcaster Sage Steele expressed her opposition to the Walt Disney Company’s vaccine mandate, which applies to all employees of the sports network.
Steele revealed during an appearance on the podcast “Uncut with Jay Cutler” that she had been vaccinated against COVID-19 that day but “didn’t want to do it.”
Steele told Cutler, a former 12-year NFL quarterback who spent the majority of his playing career with the Bears, “I work for a firm that requires it and I had until September 30th to complete it or I’m out.”
“I truly appreciate everyone’s choice, but mandating it is sick and frightening in many ways,” Steele added. “I’m not shocked it’s come to this, especially with Disney, a truly global company.”
Steele turned to Twitter on Tuesday to quote a remark on vaccines from Orlando Magic center Jonathan Isaac, who wrote, “Misrepresentation just encourages people to attack straw men, rather than reason with their fellow man’s actual views and heart.” It benefits no one! Journalism as we know it is dying! I believe it is your God-given right to chose whether or not to take the vaccine! Period!”
Issac, who verified his infection with COVID-19, has been vociferous in his opposition to receiving the vaccination, which has been demonstrated to be successful at avoiding serious sickness caused by the virus.
He made news this week following the publication of a Rolling Stone piece on Sept. 25 describing him as “proudly unvaccinated.”
Issac stated Monday during Orlando’s media day that the report “badly portrayed” him.
Steele’s comments come only weeks after her colleague Allison Williams – a longtime ESPN college football sideline reporter – left the network over the network’s vaccine mandate.
Williams said in a Twitter statement earlier this month that she resigned from her role because she and her husband are attempting to conceive a second child. Williams stated that she made the decision after discussing it with her doctor and a reproductive specialist.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes fertility difficulties.