On Wednesday, a report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that ESPN anchor Sage Steele is suing the network for "breaching her contract and violating her free-speech rights."
During an appearance on the “Uncut with Jay Cutler” podcast last year, Steele shared her negative thoughts on ESPN's COVID-19 vaccine mandate along with a few other controversial comments. Steele and the network then took "some time off" and the veteran host claims she's been sidelined for prime assignments since the interview.
This lawsuit from Steele directly contradicts her take on free-speech repercussions when discussing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2017, as The Big Lead pointed out today.
"The  owners in this league run a business. They have a right to make a decision that they feel is best for their business," Steele said during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. "Just like Colin Kaepernick has the right to express his opinion and do what's best for him, for his brand, for his career.
"... There's repercussions to both."
There's no doubt a certain level of hypocrisy in these comments. Steele was fine with Kaepernick's employers responding to his free speech from a business perspective, but is clearly much less receptive to the idea of ESPN doing the same to her.
Steele remains in her primary role as anchor for SportsCenter.