ESPN on-air personality Sage Steele went public with concerns she has with the Walt Disney Company’s vaccine mandate, which includes employees of the sports network.
“I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I’m out,” Steele told Cutler, a former 12-year NFL quarterback who spent much of his playing career with the Bears.
“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways,” Steele said. “I just, I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that.”
On Tuesday, Steele took to Twitter to retweet a statement about vaccines by Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac, who wrote, “Misrepresentation only allows for others to attack straw men, and not reason with the true ideas and heart of their fellow man. It helps no one! True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period!”
Issac, who confirmed he had COVID-19, has been vocal about his hesitation to receive the vaccine, which has shown to be effective at preventing severe disease caused by the virus.
He made headlines this week after a Rolling Stone article, published on Sept. 25, labeled him as “proudly unvaccinated.”
During Orlando’s media day Monday, Issac said the article “badly misrepresented” him.
Steele’s comments also came a few weeks after her colleague, Allison Williams – a veteran college football sideline reporter for ESPN – stepped away from the network due to its vaccine mandate.
In a Twitter statement shared earlier this month, Williams explained she stepped down from her role because she and her husband are trying to conceive a second child. Williams said she came to the decision by “family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist.”
There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes fertility problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.