ESPN’s Sage Steele apologizes for controversial comments about Obama’s racial identity and vaccine mandates

Steele has actually been gotten rid of from air following remarks made throughout a September 29 podcast episode of “Uncut With Jay Cutler.”

In a declaration to CNN, Steele stated: “I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize. 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.”

While tape-recording the podcast hosted by the previous NFL quarterback, Steele made numerous remarks that left numerous in sports media scratching their heads. While discussing ESPN’s business vaccine required, Steele stated she appreciates a person’s choice to get the Covid-19 vaccine “but to mandate it is sick, and it’s scary to me.”

She likewise talked to Cutler about her identity as a mixed-race female, questioning Obama’s choice to recognize as Black on the census.

“I’m like, ‘Well, congratulations to the president.’ That’s his thing. I think that’s fascinating considering his Black dad was nowhere to be found, but his White mom and grandma raised him, but hey, you do you. I’m going to do me,” Steele stated.

Steele likewise made remarks about female sports press reporters and unwanted sexual advances, stating that ladies require to “be responsible” and it “isn’t just on players and athletes and coaches to act a certain way.”

“I’ve had talks with young women … they’re like ‘Oh, would you look at my tape, would do this,’ and I’ve said listen, I would love to. But the way you present yourself is not something I want to be associated with,” she informed Cutler, who nodded. “So when you dress like that, I’m not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing when you’re putting that outfit on, too.”

In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on New Day Wednesday, previous ESPN host Cari Champ, who presently co-hosts “Cari & Jemele Won’t Stick to Sports,” stated numerous young brown ladies in the market, including herself, had actually admired Steele. To hear her make anti-Black remarks and demean ladies, she stated, was frustrating.

“(Steele’s comments) implied so many things that were hurtful,” stated Champ, who specified that she has actually worked with Steele in the past. “And it also shows that there’s a lack of an awareness on her part.”

Concerning her remarks about ladies press reporters particularly, Champ stated that mindset, particularly in a male-dominated organization like sports broadcasting, just presses ladies “further down.”

“(Steele) thinks that she has taken the moral high ground, and quite frankly all she’s done is separated herself and put a division between women in a business that already puts a division between us,” Champ stated. “It makes it hard for us to get along because we feel like we have to compete. And it’s so disappointing.”

ESPN is having personal conversations with Steele, a representative for the network stated in a declaration.

“At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion make this place great. That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our internal policies,” they stated. “We are having direct conversations with Sage and those conversations will remain private.”

Steele’s remarks and her suspension come simply over a month after the network eliminated another popular host, Rachel Nichols, from her protection of the NBA and canceled her program “The Jump,” after the New york city Times reported in July remarks that she made about another NBA expert, Maria Taylor throughout a personal discussion in 2020.

According to the Times’ report, Nichols, who is White, stated Taylor, who is Black, was selected to lead NBA Finals protection due to the business’s variety efforts.

Nichols later on asked forgiveness on air.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.