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Following suspension for controversial comments about COVID-19 vaccine, ESPN's Sage Steeles' return date has been set

Following suspension for controversial comments about COVID-19 vaccine, ESPN's Sage Steeles' return date has been set

And shes back. The answer is: Almost.

Sage Steele will co-host the noon SportsCenter on Thursday, Oct. 14, according to ESPNs Michael McCarthy.

The ESPN anchor was removed from the air last week following controversial remarks about, among other things, the COVID-19 vaccine and former President Barack Obama.

Steele, who is vaccinated, shared her thoughts on the coronavirus vaccine with the Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast. Per NBC News:

I just I didnt want to do it. But I work for a business that mandates it, and I have until September 30 to get it done, or Ill be out of work. I respect everyones decision. I really do. But to make it mandatory is a bad idea. Its one thing with masks, and I dont have a problem with that. Its a different experience when you force this. Its scary to me in many ways, but I have a job that I love and thankfully... I think the mandate is what I have an issue with. I do know, for me personally, that I feel defeated.

And then there were her remarks on Obama's podcast.

Steele stated, "She once told a story about how she got ripped on live television because she insisted on identifying as biracial." Steele said that one of the shows hosts forced her to choose Black or White. The host told her that the Census Bureau allowed people to select only one and that Obama, who is also biracial, had chosen Black.

Im like, Well, congratulations to the president. Thats his thing. I think thats interesting, considering his Black dad was nowhere to be found, but his White mom and grandma raised him, so hey, you do you. Im going to do me.

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According to a 2010 New York Times story, a White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of 0-6 years old black father from Kenya and 0-6-0 mother from Kansas, checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.

Steele apologized last week, according to Front Office Sports, "I know my recent comments created controversy for the company, and I apologize."

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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