MEDIA MATTERS
SAGE STEELE OUT AS HOST OF ESPN’S “NBA COUNTDOWN”
THE TALENTED SAGE STEELE NO LONGER HOST OF "NBA COUNTDOWN."
By: Richard Prince, "Journal-isms"
N2Entertainment.net

“In a move that took many by surprise, ESPN announced Michelle Beadle as the new host of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC,” Ricardo A. Hazell recently reported for the Shadow League.

“. . . This much-coveted position was occupied by Sage Steele (pictured), a ten-year veteran of the network and a one-time media darling of the worldwide leader.

“However, her actions have fallen under scrutiny on several occasions over the past year or so. Last year she allowed her own political views to guide her actions when cutting short a statement that Arcade [Fire] lead singer Win Butler attempted to make about the presidential election while interviewing him following the All-Star Celebrity Game after he won MVP.
” ‘We’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics,’ said Steele.

“The sportscasting personality has espoused conservative views in the past and supported the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House.

Additionally, there was her spoiled, privilege-soaked Instagram post complaining about her itinerary being interrupted because of protests over the Trump travel ban. Fellow ESPN-er Dan Le Batard got on her heels about that. Additionally she doesn’t sit very well with many [whom] she shares similar ancestry with, black people. . . .”

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