Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sage Steele Suing ESPN

Last year ESPN forced Sage Steele to apologize after criticizing the network's vaccine mandate and former President Barack Obama on Jay Cutler's podcast [click here if you missed that]. 

Now Sage is suing ESPN claiming her constitutional right to free speech has been violated...
SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele is suing her employer ESPN and its parent company, Walt Disney Co., after she alleged that the company treated her unfairly for comments she made on a podcast interview last September, according to the Wall Street Journal. Steele alleges that the company breached her contract and violated her free-speech rights.
Following the interview, Steele tested positive for COVID-19, causing her to go off air while recovering. ESPN required the anchor to issue an apology for her comments.
Before the controversy, Steele was one of the lead anchors for ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter. Since the interview, Steele claims she has been sidelined for prime assignments. She does, however, continues to anchor the noon SportScenter broadcast.
The suit also alleges that ESPN failed to “stop bullying and harassment by Ms. Steele’s colleagues