When ESPN announced Michelle Beadle would be the new full-time host of NBA Countdown on Tuesday there didn't seem to be any mention of its current host, broadcaster Sage Steele, which left many to deduce the shakeup bumped her from NBA coverage.
In fact, Steele is leading "SportsCenter on the Road" show and is now heading coverage from the Masters PGA tournament in Augusta, Georgia, following other high-profile assignments such as the Final Four, Super Bowl and MLB World Series. Steele saw her popularity dive when she posted an Instagram post criticizing people who were protesting the Trump administration's controversial travel ban at airports (she expressed concern for the inconvenience it caused travelers). Steele has also been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that she thinks "all lives matter".
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Steele's opinions on political issues made headlines in the past few months and recently the network adopted new employee policies in terms of voicing opinions on political policies directly related to sports.
While Steele will remain at ESPN, many of her detractors mistakenly assumed she had been fired altogether and responded with glee.
Parenthetically, while the sports world was consumed with the men's NCAA basketball championship Monday night, ESPN released new guidelines for its employees about discussing politics on network platforms. Nonetheless, like Curt Schilling and Rush Limbaugh before her, Steele has once again shown that if anyone attacks political correctness, or liberal politics, while at ESPN they will pay a very, very steep price. Because of those outspoken opinions that have many times been based on race relations in the US, many black Twitter users rejoiced when they learned of the news that Steele had been replaced. "Guess Steele should have been a black liberal Ghostbuster instead of a black conservative sportscaster", he asserted. "Sage definitely has a bright and long-term future at ESPN and my complete support".