Former ESPN presenter Sage Steele said the network bullied more people than her, saying her former employer created a culture of fear.
As reported by Breitbart News, Sage Steele recently settled her lawsuit against ESPN, which she filed after they suspended her for speaking out against the coronavirus vaccine and talking about bloodline. former President Barack Obama.
“After successfully settling my case with ESPN/Disney, I have decided to leave so that I can more freely exercise my First Amendment rights. I’m grateful for so many wonderful experiences over the past 16 years and I’m excited for my next chapter! ” she says.
After successfully settling my case with ESPN/Disney, I decided to leave so I could more freely exercise my First Amendment rights. I’m grateful for so many wonderful experiences over the past 16 years and I’m excited for my next chapter!#SteelStrong
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) August 15, 2023
Speaking to Fox News’ Jesse Watters, Steele said other ESPN employees were subjected to the same treatment as her.
“I was not the only one to feel silenced, to be afraid. I mean, some of us were literally whispering in the corner or even in the bathroom and going, “Hey, we can’t say that too loud,” she said.
Steele said ESPN fosters a culture of fear that pushes a one-sided narrative that excludes other opinions.
“Not just in the studio, in the green room or in the make-up room, but on social media, on ESPN platforms. And I think that’s all I ever wanted. And that’s kind of the objective of the trial, it was consistency. What are the rules? Let’s be clear and make sure everyone follows them, not just people who fit a certain narrative,” she said.
Steele said she finally had “enough” after enduring the weather for years.
“It’s insane and it’s the opposite of what people preach with… fairness, tolerance, inclusion and acceptance and all those words that everyone throws around, especially in corporate America, but when is it really time to live it? That was my problem,” she continued.
Steele said she used her experience to educate her children about standing up for what they believe in and not hiding in fear.
“I just hope, yes, in corporate America, those bosses are paying attention and being consistent now. But those of us who have a voice, and even if you don’t have a big platform, we’re hypocrites if we don’t start speaking out against that and trying to change it,” she said.
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