SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele Calls ESPN’s Vaccine Mandate ‘Sick’ And ‘Scary’

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SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele isn’t happy that she was forced to get vaccinated in order to keep her job.

Last month. Disney, which owns ESPN, mandated that all of their employees get the Covid-19 vaccine.

While appearing on the latest episode of Jay Cutler’s “Uncut” podcast which is set to be released on Wednesday, Steele reveals that she had recently gotten the vaccine to keep her job but called ESPN’s requirement that all employees be vaccinated “sick” and “scary”

Jay Cutler “Uncut” transcribed by Awful Announcing.


Jay Cutler: “What’s the band-aid for?”

Sage Steele: “So I got my shot today.”

Cutler: “You took it a long way.”

Steele: (Laughs) “I did. Um, I just…I didn’t want to do it. But I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30 to get it done or I’m out.”

Cutler: “Were you having to get COVID shots weekly, or…daily?”

Steele: “The test?”

Cutler: “If you weren’t vaccinated did you have to get a COVID test weekly, or…”

Steele: “No. Because there’s so few people on campus right now…we usually have around 5,000 people on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol. And I don’t know what the number is. It’s crept up but there’s not many and you have six feet distance and you have your masks. I just…I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is, um, 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, but again, I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, a global company…but it was actually emotional.”

It’ll be interesting to see how ESPN reacts to Steele’s comments considering the current environment regarding the vaccine.