Sportscenter anchor Sage Steele has made a complaint with EPSN management regarding the network’s black based special titled Undefeated that aired in late June. Steele, a bi racial woman, was apparently uninvited from participating in the show because she doesn’t carry water for the liberals. Apparently walking away from the democrats means she isn’t black enough to comment about black issues, but somehow the other rich and famous people on ESPN are totally down with what happens in black communities.
In late June, ESPN aired a special in primetime entitled The Undefeated Presents Time for Change: We Won’t be Defeated, reflecting on the sports world after the killing of George Floyd. According to a report by Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, Sage Steele told ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro that she believes she was frozen out of this special by anchors Elle Duncan and Michael Eaves, and that she felt this was reflective of a divisive work environment.
Ms. Steele said colleagues told her she was considered for the special by the executive in charge, Michael Fountain, until two of the other on-air personalities involved, Elle Duncan and Michael Eaves, complained, saying Ms. Steele wouldn’t be accepted by what they considered the Black community, according to the person familiar with her account to management.