ESPN host Sage Steele is now in hot water after appearing on Jay Cutler’s Podcast ‘Uncut’ and making controversial statements about former President Barack Obama as well as vaccines for Covid-19.
As Yahoo News reports:
Steele, who is African-American and Irish/Italian, shared how she designates her race on the U.S. Census report by referencing Obama.
“If they make you choose a race, what are you gonna put? Well, both,” Steele said. “Barack Obama chose Black and he’s biracial…congratulations to the President, that’s his thing. I think that’s fascinating considering his Black dad is nowhere to be found but his white mom and grandma raised him, but okay. You do you. I’m gonna do me. Listen, I’m pretty sure my white mom was there when I was born. And my white family loves me as much as my Black family.”
Steele is one of the more prominent conspiracy theorists regarding the vaccine. She’s upset over ESPN’s vaccine mandate, which she called “sick” and “scary” during the podcast episode.
The network, which is owned by Disney, is one of the companies that are requiring its employees to get the jab. They issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that Steele would not return to the network for a week, foregoing her noon spot on SportsCenter, and has been removed as the host of the 2021 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, taking place Oct. 18-20, per TheHill. Ironically, given her stance on the vaccine, per The Wrap, Steele has also tested positive for COVID-19.
Steele later apologized for her comments on her social media account:
ESPN's Sage Steele apologizes for recent comments. ESPN said its' having 'direct conversations' with Steele, who's been ripped publicly by Jemele Hill, Keith Olbermann and others. pic.twitter.com/9gQuQHvjoI
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) October 5, 2021