Host Sage Steele Suspended Following”Controversial” Comments About Barack Obama

It was recently reported by ConservativeBrief that ESPN has suspended right-leaning host Sage Steele after she made what the sports network described as “controversial” comments about former President Barack Obama and the network’s vaccine mandate.

In remarks former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s podcast last week, Steele — who has since recanted them — the biracial on-air talent called the COVID-19 vaccine mandate “sick” and questioned the former president’s blackness after he was raised by his white mother.

In a statement reported by Variety, Steele said that, “I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize.” The statement went on to read that “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.”

Though she should be back to work next week, it was further noted by The Daily Mail that The drama began when Steele appeared on Uncut with Jay Cutler on September 29 and addressed several hot button topics, including the ongoing pandemic and vaccine mandates.

She claimed that she was required to get the shot after Disney — ESPN’s parent company — issued a mandate for all employees. The longtime anchor said she felt ‘defeated’ and got the shot in an effort to preserve her job. Steele also joked that the nurse who issued her vaccination intentionally injured her arm because the she thought the sports journalist was Candace Owens, a black conservative political commentator who has spoken out against the virus. 

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