Sage Steele: ESPN’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Is ‘Sick’ & ‘Scary In Many Ways’

As a worker at ESPN, which is owned by Disney, Sage Steele had a decision to make.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports announced earlier this year that all employees must comply with a COVID-19 mandate by September 30 or they would be out of a job. Steele complied with the company’s stance, but recently shared her thoughts on the vaccine requirement.

During an appearance on the Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast, Steele revealed she did not want to get the vaccine but ultimately decided to get the jab.

But while she did comply, she doesn’t seem too fond of the company requiring its employees to get vaccinated.

“I didn’t want to do it,” Steele said, via “But I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30 to get it done or I’m out.

“…I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is, um, sick. And it’s scary to me in many ways. But I have a job, a job that I love, and frankly, a job that I need, but again, I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, a global company…but it was actually emotional.”

ESPN employees were first notified about the vaccine mandate in May.

Steele has been with the network since 2007 and serves as host of the 6:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. She has also worked on NBA Countdown and the Miss America pageant for ABC.

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