More than once this year ESPN, though being a sports network, has been accused of having a ridiculously liberal bias, which has resulted in viewers dropping the network. Now, they’ve gone ahead and fired and replaced Sage Steele, an announcer that has been with the network for a decade, for her political views which she has expressed on air.
Steele was involved in some controversy when, much to the dismay of her coworkers, she denounced Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem. She also took to Instagram and twitter to complain about protestors during the travel ban.
Most recently she was under fire for suggesting that black people can be racist too. “There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing,” Steele said on television.
It is assumed that ESPN removed her for these controversies.
Fox News reports:
The staffing shake-up comes amid the network’s newly-issued guidelines aimed to limit on-air talent’s political commentary.
“Given the intense interest in the most recent presidential election and the fact subsequent political and social discussions often intersected with the sports world, we found it to be an appropriate time to review our guidelines,” ESPN’s vice president of global digital content Patrick Stiegman said. “…we wanted the policy to reflect the reality of the world today. There are people talking about politics in ways we have not seen before, and we’re not immune from that.”
ESPN declined to comment and a rep for Steele did not return Fox News’ request for comment.
However, a source told Fox News, Steele is still “very much employed” by ESPN and is leading the network’s “SportsCenter on the Road” initiative. The source told us Steele’s new role was announced months ago and she is still a “big part” of the company.