ESPN anchor Sage Steele recently sued the network, alleging the company retaliated against her for comments she made on Jay Cutler's podcast.
While on Cutler's podcast, Steele questioned the network's COVID-19 mandates.
"I respect everyone's decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick," Steele said. "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."
After this interview went public, Steele had to issue an apology. She also claims ESPN retaliated by taking away prime assignments from her.
According to Steele's lawsuit, ESPN has "violated Connecticut law and Steele’s rights to free speech based upon a faulty understanding of her comments and a nonexistent, unenforced workplace policy that serves as nothing more than pretext."
ESPN responded to Steele's lawsuit with the following statement: "Sage remains a valued contributor on some of ESPN’s highest profile content, including the recent Masters telecasts and anchoring our noon SportsCenter. As a point of fact, she was never suspended."
Steele's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, believes his client is standing up to corporate America.
"Sage is standing up to corporate America to ensure employees don’t get their rights trampled on or their opinions silenced," Freedman, via The Wall Street Journal.
We'll have more updates on this situation at a later date.