Sage Steele: ESPN Replaces Controversial Host With Michelle Beadle; Black Twitter Rejoices!

Toni Houston
April 8, 2017

Beadle, who joined Countdown at the start of the current season as a part-time host on Wednesdays and Fridays, replaces veteran Sage Steele, who has been at the network for over a decade.

She will continue to appear on SportsCenter on the Road and will have an "expanded on-site presence at events such as the Masters, World Series, Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff, and College Football National Championship". Back in January, she came under fire after openly blaming Trump's travel ban protesters for causing her to miss a flight.

She also drew backlash when she was critical of NFL players who made a decision to kneel during the national anthem.

ESPN's statement does not mention Steele or her future with the network.

Sage Steele was harshly compared to Stacey Dash for their views that have alienated the Black community. "Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we're looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle's career as she leads us forward on NBA Countdown".

Reuters/Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY SportsWin Butler is interviewed by Sage Steele after being named MVP of the All-Star celebrity game. It's an interesting development, though, considering Steele's politics have drawn criticism recently.

While there's no inkling that Steele is leaving the network, but her role is surely being lessened.

In an essay on the ESPN website published in December 2016, public editor (i.e., ombudsman) Jim Brady conceded that the self-described Worldwide Leader in Sports has moved in a leftward direction, alienating some viewers.

Layoffs are reportedly coming for many of ESPN's on-air personalities, but it doesn't look like Michelle Beadle will be going anywhere.

ESPN has not traditionally been too accepting of conservative political opinions. And yet, where has the sports media outrage gone?

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