ESPN Silences Minority Woman For Challenging Obama’s “Blackness”

( Sage Steele has been suspended from ESPN for making what the sports TV network has said were “controversial” statements about the vaccine mandate issued by her network as well as about former President Barack Obama.

Steele appeared on a podcast with former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler recently. While there, the conservative-leaning Steele — who is biracial — said the mandate of a COVID-19 vaccine by her company was “sick.” She also questioned the blackness of Obama, since he was raised by a white mother.

After making those comments, she quickly recanted them. She sent a statement to the media that read:

“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.”

It’s expected that Steele’s suspension from ESPN won’t last too much longer.

Steele made an appearance on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast back on September 29. The show discussed many hot-button topics that included vaccine mandates and the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the appearance, Steele said she was required to be vaccinated by Disney, the parent company of ESPN. All employees of the company were mandated to do so, she said.

Steele said she only got the COVID-19 vaccine so she could preserve her position with the company, but said she felt “defeated” by the whole process.

She even joked on the podcast that the nurse who gave her the shot injured her arm intentionally because she thought Steele was Candace Owens, a black conservative political commentator who has been very vocal against COVID-19.

While on the podcast, Steele said:

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

“It hurt! And I’m tough, but I think she put it in the muscle and was like ‘err.’ Maybe she thought I was Candace Owens, I don’t know.”

Steele also didn’t shy away from discussing race with Cutler. She said she was once “ripped” while on live TV just because she identified as being bi-racial. At the time, a host of a show said she had to either fill out white or black on a federal Census form, and then mentioned Obama, who identified himself as black on his form.

Steele commented:

“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’s wide-ranging interview with Cutler also discussed a negative view she had about women in broadcasting who decide to dress in a certain way. She said:

“Like women are smart, so don’t play coy and put it all on the guys when we — and again, I’m not saying anybody deserves anything — but we need to be responsible as women, too. Not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing.”