Sage Steele sues ESPN for violating his free speech rights

ESPN anchor Sage Steele is suing the network for allegedly violating her free speech rights by unlawfully taking revenge against her for comments she made on Jay Cutler’s podcast last year.

In September last year, the SportsCenter anchor found herself at the center of controversy when she denounced the company’s vaccination mandate as “sick” and questioned the former’s blackness. President Barack Obama on his upbringing by his white family.

“If they make you choose a race, what are you going to wear? Well, both,” Steele said. “Barack Obama chose black and he’s biracial… congratulations to the president, that’s his thing, I think it’s fascinating considering his black dad is nowhere to be found but his white mom and grandma have him high, but okay. You do you. I’ll do me.

“Look, I’m pretty sure my white mom was there when I was born,” she added. “And my white family loves me as much as my black family.”

Steele also took a shot at the #MeToo movement when she said women should take responsibility for the clothes they wear around men and explained how she developed thick skin interviewing athletes throughout her career. career who often made advances to him.

After an intense backlash on social media, Steele apologized.

“I know my recent comments have created controversy for the company, and I apologize,” she said at the time. “We are going through an extremely difficult time that affects us all, and it is more critical than ever that we communicate in a constructive and thoughtful way.”

However, Steele’s lawsuit claims that ESPN (a Disney affiliate) forced her to apologize and then “retaliated against her by removing her from primary assignments and failing to prevent her colleagues from bullying and harassing her, as well as taking action based on “inaccurate third-party accounts of her comments before considering their context,” according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit also claims that ESPN’s censorship of him amounted to a selective enforcement of employees who speak out on political and social issues.

ESPN said in a statement that “Sage remains a valuable contributor on some of ESPN’s most high-profile content, including recent Masters TV shows and anchoring our midday SportsCenter.”


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