Steele Exposes Silencing Tactics on Social Media
ESPN anchor, Sage Steele, has revealed that she was asked to refrain from discussing a particular topic on social media, as it was deemed offensive to others within the company. Steele expressed her frustration during an interview with Gaines, asserting that she refused to remain silent and shared her thoughts on the matter through a tweet. She criticized the inconsistency of allowing discussions on unrelated topics while censoring her and fellow anchor, Sam Ponder, on this specific issue. Steele made it clear that she will continue to use her platform to stand up for women who may be reluctant to speak out.
ESPN’s Lack of Support
Steele expressed disappointment in the lack of support she received from her colleagues amidst the controversy. Apart from Sam Ponder, no one else stood by her during this challenging time. Steele had repeatedly requested to address the issue on their show, which provided two hours of live coverage every day. However, her requests were consistently denied. She felt disheartened when she witnessed a montage featuring a colleague, which seemed to contradict the values she had championed for over a decade as the face of ESPNW.
Further revelations shed light on conversations that took place prior to the airing of the controversial montages. Steele discovered that some individuals, including men in the boardrooms, had questioned the decision to prominently feature a male figure instead of celebrating women. Their objections were ignored, leaving Steele wondering about the direction ESPN was taking. As someone who had been at the forefront of promoting women’s sports and advocating for equal representation, she found it disheartening to witness such a contradiction.
ESPN has chosen not to comment on the matter at this time.
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