ESPN anchor Sage Steele has been taken off the air after blasting vaccine mandates and questioning Barack Obama’s blackness – with network sources claiming she also has COVID.
During a podcast interview, Steele, 48, called her network’s coronavirus vaccine mandate ‘sick.’ She suggested that female journalists welcome harassment based on the way they dress, and also remarked on how the bi-racial former president was raised by his white mom.
The furor over Steele’s appearance on ex-NFL star Jay Cutler’s podcast has seen the divorced mom of three announce she is taking a break from her job – while also issuing a groveling apology for her remarks.
‘I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize,’ Steele said in a statement obtained by Variety. ‘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.’
Steele’s mea culpa was shared as unnamed source who is familiar with the situation alleges that the presenter was removed from air because she also tested positive for COVID-19. She is expected back at work next week.
Read more: Thought crime is telling the truth: Bi-racial ESPN anchor Sage Steele is taken off air after questioning why Obama identifies as black when ‘he was raised by white mom’, calling vaccine mandates ‘sick’ and saying female reporters ‘know what they doing’ when they wear sexy outfits