ESPN anchor Sage Steele has criticized network parent company Disney’s “sick and scary” COVID-19 vaccine mandate, admitting that she only got the chance because “I had to get it done or I’m out of my mind” from the company.
Steele, who co-hosts ESPN’s SportsCenter, told Jay Cutler about his… Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast she “didn’t want” to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but had gotten it earlier that day to keep her job.
‘I didn’t want to do it. But I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30 to get it done or I’m out,” she said.
The 48-year-old said she believes getting the vaccine should be a personal choice.
“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but making it mandatory is sick and scary in many ways for me.”
ESPN anchor Sage Steele (pictured) slammed Disney’s ‘sick’ and ‘scary’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate, admitting she only got the chance because ‘I had to get it done or I’m out’
Steele, 48, went on to say that the introduction of vaccine mandates came as no surprise to her, especially calling her employer the Walt Disney Company, which owns the sports network.
“I’m just not surprised it’s come to this, especially with Disney, I mean such a global company.”
The Walt Disney Company announced on July 30 that all U.S. salaried and non-union workers who work at any of the company’s locations must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Unvaccinated workers were told they had 60 days to get the injection. ESPN employees were also included in this mandate.
The company’s mandate came before Joe Biden’s announcement in early September that all private employers with 100 or more employees must require all staff to receive the vaccine or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.
The podcast episode featuring Steele, first reported by The hill, does not resemble the Homepage for Cutler’s series, where the former NFL quarterback talks to friends, former teammates and athletes on a range of topics.
Still, it’s not the only time Steele has expressed her annoyance at COVID-19 protocols.
The ESPN host also sided with Orlando Magic basketball star Jonathan Isaac this week about the vaccine.
Steele, who co-hosts ESPN’s SportsCenter, told Jay Cutler on his Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast that she “didn’t want” to get the COVID-19 vaccine
“By misrepresentation, others can only attack front men, not reason with the true ideas and hearts of their fellow man,” Isaac tweeted Sunday.
‘It doesn’t help anyone! Real journalism is dying out! I believe it is your God-given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period! More to follow.’
Steele retweeted the post Tuesday and also shared a video from a press conference where Isaac explained his decision not to take the photo and insisted he’s “not anti-vax.”
“And another one,” Steele wrote, arrow emojis pointing at the video.
“Much respect @JJudahIsaac.”
Isaac spoke out after being one of several NBA players to play in a rolling stone article as ‘proud not vaccinated.’
“As NBA players lined up for shots in March, Isaac began studying black history and watching Donald Trump’s press conferences,” the piece reads.
It’s not the only time Steele has expressed her annoyance at COVID-19 protocols. The ESPN host also sided with comments from Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac (above) this week
Steele retweeted this message from Isaac on Tuesday. Isaac spoke out after being one of NBA players named in a Rolling Stone article as ‘proudly unvaccinated’
Steele also shared a video from a press conference where Isaac explained his decision not to take the shot, insisting that he is “not anti-vax.”
‘He learned about antibody resistance and began to distrust Dr Anthony Fauci. He looked out for people who could die from the vaccine, and he put his trust in God.”
The 23-year-old basketball star, who made headlines for not kneeling with his fellow players during the national anthem at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, pushed back on the article Monday, saying he was “ill-represented.” .
“I’m not against vax, I’m not against drugs, I’m not against science. I did not arrive at my current position by studying black history or watching Donald Trump’s press conferences,” he said in the briefing, posted by Steele.
He further argued that, having had COVID-19 in the past, he believes he has some “natural immunity.”
“I had COVID in the past, so our understanding of antibodies, of natural immunity, has changed a lot since the start of the pandemic,” he said.
He argued that getting the vaccine should be a “choice” and not the result of “bullying” or “being pressured” by other people.
Earlier this month, Steele also lashed out at kids who have to wear face masks (above)
“I believe that everyone’s vaccination status should be their own choice. Left completely to them without bullying, without being pressured, without being coerced,” he said.
“I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t feel comfortable taking the vaccine right now. We are all different. We all come from different places. We have all had different experiences and we value different beliefs.
“And what you do with your body when it comes to putting drugs in it should be your own choice, free from the ridicule and opinion of others.”
Earlier this month, Steele also lashed out at children who have to wear face masks.
‘CHILDREN. SHOT. The sick trend continues as it has for YEARS in Chicago. Funny that no one is talking about it in public, let alone doing anything about it,” she tweeted.
“But yeah — let’s keep masking our kids! SMH. Again, if the facts don’t fit the story…’
Her post was in response to statistics posted on Twitter by conservative commentator Clay Travis, which showed that more children have been shot and killed in Chicago so far this year than have died from COVID-19.
Long-time ESPN college football and basketball reporter Allison Williams (pictured) said earlier this month that she was leaving the network instead of taking the vaccine
Williams explained in a statement that she had decided not to take the shot because she and her husband are trying to have another child
Steele’s criticism of the COVID-19 protocols comes just weeks after her colleague, longtime ESPN college football and basketball reporter Allison Williams, said she was leaving the network instead of taking the vaccine.
Williams explained in a statement that she had decided not to take the shot because she and her husband are trying to have another child.
“My heart aches to post this, but I’m at peace with my decision,” she said.
“Although my job is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is that of a mother.
“During our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I are trying to have a second child.”
The CDC and health experts have maintained that there is no evidence that the vaccine causes fertility problems in women or men and that it is safe for pregnant, breastfeeding and women planning to become pregnant.