Well, well, well… Sage Steele has been pulled off of ESPN.
The SportsCenter anchor was pulled from programming following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. She had also been embroiled in a controversy after calling the company’s vaccine mandate “sick” and “scary in many ways” during an appearance on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast.
Steele admitted she did not want to get the vaccine but did so in order to keep her job.
Now, she has a positive test and will be off of the air for at least a week.
“At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great,” ESPN said in a statement. “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.”
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Steele also acknowledged her controversial comments.
“I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize,” Steele said in a statement. “We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time that impacts all of us, and it’s more critical than ever that we communicate constructively and thoughtfully.”
Steele was slated to host the espnW Women + Sports Summit from October 18-20, but is no longer expected to.
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.