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Sage Steele sues ESPN and Disney for treatment following her comments on vaccine mandates, Obama

Reported by PHIL SHIVER | April 28, 2022


Longtime ESPN anchor Sage Steele has filed a lawsuit against the network and its parent company, Disney, for allegedly retaliating against her following comments she made about COVID-19 vaccine mandates and former President Barack Obama’s racial identity during a podcast interview.

In her lawsuit, Steele claims ESPN and Disney breached her contract and violated her speech rights by sidelining her and failing to stop colleagues from disparaging her over the remarks.

The suit was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Steele — who has worked as an anchor for ESPN since 2007 — came under fire after an interview with former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler on his podcast, “Uncut with Jay Cutler,” in September, when she criticized Disney’s strong-arming over the vaccine.

“I didn’t want to do it,” she told Cutler. “But I work for a company that mandates it, and I had until Sept. 30 to get it done, or I’m out.”

“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick, and it’s scary to me in many ways,” she added. “But I have a job, a job that I love and, frankly, a job that I need.”

Steele also criticized former President Barack Obama’s decision to identify as a black man even though he, like her, is biracial.

“Well, congratulations to the president, that’s his thing,” Steele said in the podcast. “I think that’s fascinating considering his black dad is nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him, but OK. You do you. I’m gonna do me.”

Front Office Sports reported in October that Steele had been removed from the air by ESPN over the comments, and Steele was also required to issue a public apology. Around the same time, she tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in her missing “SportsCenter” for one week. Steele also was pulled from hosting the espnW: Women + Sports Summit.

“In a knee-jerk reaction, ESPN and Disney relied on the misleading characterizations of her comments, bowed to groupthink and forced Steele to publicly apologize and suspended her for a period of time in October 2021,” the lawsuit alleges, according to the New York Post.

It goes on to say that ESPN “violated Connecticut law and Steele’s rights to free speech based upon a faulty understanding of her comments and a nonexistent, unenforced workplace policy that serves as nothing more than pretext.”

In a statement, Steele’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, said, “ESPN violated her free speech rights, retaliated against her, reprimanded her, scapegoated her, allowed the media and her peers to excoriate her and forced her to apologize simply because her personal opinions did not align with Disney’s corporate philosophy of the moment.”

ESPN responded to news of the lawsuit with a statement of its own.

“Sage remains a valued contributor on some of ESPN’s highest profile content, including the recent Masters telecasts and anchoring our noon ‘SportsCenter,'” a spokesperson said. “As a point of fact, she was never suspended.”

Steele is expected to remain on air while the lawsuit goes through the legal system.

Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams says President Biden’s comment on COVID-19 vaccination ‘was something a dictator says’

Reported by ALEX NITZBERG | October 21, 2021


Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams says that President Joe Biden’s claim that the coronavirus vaccination is not a matter of freedom or individual choice is something that a dictator would say.

Williams, who was forced out of her job because she declined to get vaccinated, made the comment during an interview with Megyn Kelly. The 37-year-old Allison said in a recent Instagram video that her request for accommodation was denied by ESPN and the Walt Disney Company.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said last month. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans.”

The president made the comment just before he announced that the Labor Department is developing an emergency rule to require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated or that they furnish a negative test at least once each week.

“I have never been so jarred by anything a president said, and I know Trump said some really crazy things. But to hear the leader of the free world stand up and say, ‘This isn’t about your freedom,’ I thought, oh my God, it is always about our freedom,” Williams told Kelly during the interview.

“This country exists on the principle of freedom. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. And if we don’t have freedom over our own bodies, if our bodily autonomy is not respected, this God-given, Constitutionally protected right to determine what we do with our bodies, we aren’t free,” she continued. “That was scary to me honestly Megyn. That was something a dictator says. That is not something a leader of free people says. What happened to the consent of the governed? What happened to the power of the people?”

Williams noted that when people are forced to choose between getting vaccinated and keeping their job, that represents a form of coercion.

“Everybody acts like, OK, well this was your choice, you chose not to get it, so go get a different job. That’s not choice. That’s coercion,” she noted.

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ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Criticizing Transgenders Invading Ladies’ Rooms

“ESPN is an inclusive company,” network spokesman Josh Krulewitz strangely claimed after excluding the former World Series co-MVP. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Schilling’s speech, not his conduct, resulted in his termination. The former pitcher shared a picture posted by another Facebook user showing a hideous, overweight man trying to pass himself off as a woman. The internet meme obliquely referenced North Carolina’s law restricting multiple-use public restrooms in government buildings to people whose biology matches the insignia on the entrance.

“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” Schilling noted about the push to force states to approve of transgenders using the public restrooms of the opposite sex. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much,” he opined. “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”PC Trans

The pitcher previously ran afoul of the Disney-owned company after comparing Islamists to Nazis and saying Hillary Clinton belongs in the big house rather than the White House. The network suspended him late last season, and received pressure to fire him after his subsequent criticism of Clinton, admission that he financially supported Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign, and his popular but politically incorrect stance that biology rather than identity should determine the public restrooms people use.

Articles at SBNation, OutSports, and SportingNews quickly called on ESPN to fire him after he offered his opinion on opening up the ladies’ room to males imagining themselves as women. Sports commissar Jesse Spector deemed the 3,000 strikeout club member as guilty of “transphobia” at the nation’s oldest athletics publication, and dubbed ESPN keeping him on the air a “tacit endorsement of the darkness he brings.”

Schilling posted on his blog before the ax fell that he held no ill will toward transgenders but expressed contempt for people who feign offense to ideas with which they disagree. The beleaguered former big leaguer declared: “You frauds out there ranting and screaming about my ‘opinions’ (even if it isn’t) and comments are screaming for ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’ while you refuse to do and be either.”


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Bruce Jenner Makes Me Want To Vomit

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To paraphrase Snoop Dogg, “Bruce Jenner isn’t news, he’s a science experiment.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Shame on ESPN to be force feeding the sports watching public with this liberal dogmatic crap, continually hammering in this lie that having a sex change is somehow normal or a courageous act. 

No.  It is a mental disorder.  It even has a name, Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  We don’t champion anorexics or bulimics for being “brave” enough to starve or vomit their way to a thinner body.

There is nothing brave or natural about chopping off parts of your body and taking a plethora of drugs to change your sex.  It’s a psychological disease that needs treatment and therapy and all the people who are cheering for Bruce Jenner’s mutilation of himself are fooling both themselves and this man whose mental disorder has led him down a path of Frankensteinian horror.

Posit for a moment a person who doesn’t like their hands.  For one reason or another doesn’t believe they should have been born with hands.  That they were born with the 2 natural appendages all healthy and whole people are born with.  Do we celebrate when this person runs both of their wrists over a table saw so they can be their “true selves.”  No.  We are appalled and believe that they need help and try to attach their hands back on.  We get them counseling and put them on medication in hopes that they don’t feel like they were born with two feet they don’t need either.

What Bruce Jenner did to himself is no less of a horrific act.

And ESPN goes ahead and gives him the Arthur Ashe Courage Award which apparently celebrates personal mutilation.

In the video that ESPN produced for the award ceremony they coupled Bruce Jenner’s 1976 Olympic Gold Medal in the Decathlon with being cool with being patriotic again.  Then segwayed into how its cool to have your body mutilated if it makes you feel good about yourself.

How Bruce Jenner was always a female trapped in a male body.  How his failed marriages were because he was really a woman.  And how that chopping off his body parts would make him feel better.

This apparently is good enough for ESPN to give him an award on courage.

To most rational thinking people, outside of Hollywood and the liberal media machine this is a sad case of a man being prodded along by people who care more about making money or pushing an agenda than what is actually happening to him.

What Bruce Jenner did to himself is not a brave act.  It is a cry for help.  A cry that was left unanswered by those who should have cared for him the most.

When I hear his kids giving interviews of how proud they are of him and his “courage” to mutilate himself I just wish there was someone there to smack them in the face and wake them from whatever reality tv trance they are in.  To yell at them to stop being reality tv whores and think about something more than ratings and money.

Did ANY of Bruce Jenner’s kids say: “This is messed up, dad you need help?”

Or did they just smile for the camera and say what was the most liberally acceptable thing?

It seems the answer is clear.

But I’m not done with ESPN yet.

Bruce Jenner’s mental disorder is not only being celebrated by ESPN at the ESPY’s (or for that matter for the past few months on a number of their shows) but it also replaced two possible nominees who had REAL COURAGE in facing adversity that was not the result of their own mental breakdowns.

First is Noah Galloway.  Sgt. Galloway was an Iraq War veteran who lost his left arm above the elbove and leg above the knee.  Rather than letting that define his life he fought through the difficult rehab and had the courage to face the adversity that being a double amputee levied against him.  Not only did he compete on dancing with the stars finished in third place.

But dancing is not the only place where he competes in athletics.  He participates in a variety of fitness competitions from regular 5K and 10K races to ones such as Tough Mudders, CrossFit competitions and Spartan events as well as being a personal fitness trainer for others.

Here’s a picture of Noah Galloway.


Not your cup of courage?  Fine.

How about young Lauren Hill, basketball player for Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati Ohio.  Lauren was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer?  Instead of crying herself to sleep every night and checking out early of life, Lauren grabbed the life she had remaining to her and lived it with the poise and grace that belies her 19 years.

She fought the good fight, played her Freshman year of basketball, played through the pain of the cancer that was ravaging her body.  She raised more than $1.5million for pediatric cancer research before her illness claimed her life on April 10th of this year.  Talk about courage, people with more years and experience would have broken down and felt sorry for themselves if given the diagnosis of t terminal brain cancer.  Lauren Hill fought against the dying of the light and made her life, brief though it was, mean something.  Doing that when faced with a bad break is what courage is.  This is the face of courage:

lauren hillNow tell me…what exactly did Bruce Jenner do that was so brave?

Oh right, he cut off his penis.

Excuse me while I go vomit.

I’m not sure what makes me more nauseous, the fact that Bruce Jenner mutilated himself so or the fact that ESPN and the liberal press are trying to force feed me the BS that it is not only an “okay” thing but that is should be celebrated.

I feel sorry for Bruce Jenner that he couldn’t get the help he needed and I feel disgust for all the people, including ESPN, who have profited from this man’s mental disorder.

The whole situation makes me sick and I for one am not going to apologize for not accepting this as a natural act…or courageous one.

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Report: ESPN Rejects Catholic Hospital Ad Because ‘Jesus,’ ‘God’ ‘Problematic’

by Breitbart Sports 11 Dec 2013

**UPDATE** The new ad that will run on ESPN on December 14th does not mention “God” or “Jesus” like the commercial that had been rejected. The ad also focuses on the hospital’s pediatric heart department instead of asking viewers to send messages of hope to children at the hospital to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas,” which was in the rejected ad.

**UPDATE** ESPN reached out to Breitbart News and provided the following statement:

As originally submitted, the spot did not meet our commercial advocacy standards. We have since been supplied with a different commercial which will air on the 14th.

Here is the ad as it will air:


**UPDATE** A source also confirmed to Breitbart Sports on Thursday that the original Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation ad was rejected by ESPN for broadcast over its nationwide network.

The Foundation has a partnership with the Missouri Valley Conference, and had asked ESPN to run its ad in the Virginia Commonwealth vs. Northern Iowa NCAA Basketball game that will be aired this Saturday.

The ad was submitted to an ad executive for the network who rejected it because it did not comply with the ESPN broadcast rules. Breitbart Sports has learned that the Foundation asked the exec to submit their appeal to his rejection to his superiors at ESPN. He did, and the ad was rejected again.

**UPDATE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said ESPN’s rejection of the ad was “so disappointing” and told Breitbart Sports:

“I used to be obsessed with ESPN. In how many interviews have I admitted that was my goal – my dream job – as I earned my Journalism degree and creds in the 80’s? My repeated quote is: ‘But I didn’t want to move to Bristol, Connecticut (home of ESPN), so I named my first daughter Bristol, instead!'”


ESPN has reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a St. Louis area Catholic hospital because the network found the mention of “Jesus” in the ad to be “problematic.”

Bill O’Reilly, the host of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, said on Wednesday that an ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation was turned down by ESPN even though it is run on other networks in the area.

The commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send “messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays.”

“At… Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve,” an announcer says in the ad before mentioning that the hospital’s patients are “filled with hope” because they receive daily messages from the “treasure chest” beneath its “tree of hope.”

The ad concludes by asking viewers to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at”

ESPN reportedly found “we celebrate the birth of Jesus” and “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas” to be “problematic.”

Appearing on O’Reilly’s show, Doug Napier of the Alliance Defending Freedom said to say that “there is too much Jesus in this Christmas message of hope is like saying there is too much sports in ESPN.”

Napier wondered why ESPN would want to “marginalize” a holiday a majority of Americans celebrate with family–and probably with ESPN on in their homes. O’Reilly said ESPN’s decision was “insane,” and even more so because the ad was for a Catholic hospital trying to help sick children.

Napier said he has not spoken to ESPN and O’Reilly mentioned that representatives from ESPN and the hospital declined to appear on the program. O’Reilly said he felt the Catholic hospital was intimidated to take on a big outlet like ESPN.

This is yet another example of the “War on Christmas” that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, said was the “tip of the spear” in a larger battle to fundamentally transform American and erode the country of its exceptionalism.

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