A black female announcer of ESPN has been relieved of her duties to cover the NBA with barely two weeks away before the playoffs begin largely because of her conservative views, a development that is widely welcomed by liberals in the black community, The Gateway Pundit reports.
Sage Steele, who attracted controversy with her conservative comments on social media, will be replaced by Michelle Beadle as host of “NBA Countdown,” according to ESPN and ABC Tuesday.
Steele, 44, has been with ESPN for a decade, but found herself in hot seat following her Instagram post in January complaining about crowds in an anti-Trump protest in support of illegal immigration. She also resented some NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.
In February, she admitted receiving racial slurs from black people for being a biracial woman.
ESPN said that Steele will continue to appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” as well as other sporting events that the network covers like the Masters, World Series, College Football and the Super Bowl. She will be replaced by a white woman, Michelle Beadle.