Sage Steele, an ESPN SportsCenter presenter, has been taken off the air due to both a positive COVID test and controversial podcast comments.

What’s Happening:

  • As Variety reports, Sage Steele is taking some time off the air after appearing on an unaffiliated podcast where she made some controversial comments.
  • Steele referenced President Barack Obama’s racial background, ESPN’s vaccination policy, as well as comments about female journalists.
  • She also recently tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Variety sources.
  • She will no longer be taking part in the ESPN espnW summit, which focuses on women in sports.
  • It is reported that Steele will return to full duty sometime next week.

What They’re Saying:

  • ESPN provided a statement from Sage Steele, where she said: “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.”
  • Steele said in a statement provided by ESPN: “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.”