ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Skewers ESPN And Colleague Sage Steele For Their Coverage Of Trump’s Immigration Ban
ESPN’s Sage Steele is currently in the trenches right now dodging grenades after the comments she made today taking aim at the thousands of people protesting at airports across America in response to President Trump’s travel ban. Many believe her gripe with missing her flight because of the protests at Los Angeles International Airport were self-centered and tone deaf.
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So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights. Fortunately, a 7 hour wait for the next flight to Houston won't affect me that much, but my heart sank for the elderly and parents with small children who did their best to walk all that way but had no chance of making their flights. I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people's travel plans. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant. 🇺🇸
Comments included, but certainly were not limited to, the ones below.
Sage’s ESPN colleague Dan Le Batard, the son of immigrants, took exception to Sage’s comments on his show this morning, but not before shredding ESPN for actively taking measures not to call attention to the ban. Le Betard alluded to ESPN trying to dance around the issue by covering it vaguely under the guise of sports, using Steve Kerr recently saying the immigration ban “goes against principles of our country.”
“Now part of the thing we negotiated when we started on this show, more than money, more than anything was freedom of content and I get what ESPN is afraid of here. They don’t want you talking about things in a way that calls the president an idiot who thinks that he’s smart. That’s the most dangerous kind of idiot, an idiot who doesn’t know he’s an idiot…”
After Sage posted the highly publicize Instagram post today, Le Batard could not hold back.
“The genie is out of the bottle on this because we all have our own Twitter accounts and all have our own social media,” he said. “This is what ESPN is trying to prevent because once one person does it, it opens the floodgates for the rest of us because of course, I, as the son of exiles, look at this and I’m like what the hell are you talking about [that] your travel plans were affected? What are you talking about? The height of privilege…
“But you can’t give this a voice and then muzzle the rest of us. You can’t give Sage Steele this voice and muzzle the son of exile.”
The Worldwide Leader In Sports has recently seen an exodus from its network–Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd, Keith Olbermann, Jason Whitlock, Mike Tirico, Skip Bayless, Curt Schilling, Cris Carter and Ray Lewis, all bailed in under 12 months–and it appears the talent they have left has some gripes of their own.
[h/t Slice Miami]