ESPN Reporter Leaving Company Over Vax Mandate

Vaccine mandates continue to hurt employees.

Allison Williams, a reporter for ESPN, has announced she is leaving the company due to its vaccine mandate.

From The Hill:

An ESPN reporter who said she would not take a coronavirus vaccine despite a policy requiring her to do so says she has left the company.

Reporter Allison Williams, who a week ago announced she would step down from her duties covering college football for the network, said in an Instagram Live post that she had decided to leave ESPN.

“Belief is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, because in addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this,” Williams said, according to the sports media website Awful Announcing. “And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first. And the irony in all this is that a lot of these same values and morals that I hold dear are what made me a really good employee, what helped with the success that I’m able to have in my career.”

She didn’t want to get vaccinated because she and her husband are trying to have a second child:

Last Thursday, Williams said she had made the decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine because she and her husband are trying to conceive a second child. There is no evidence to suggest the COVID-19 vaccine is linked to fertility issues.

Williams is not the only employee to speak out against the mandate.

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” host Sage Steele has also blasted the mandate.

She did end up getting the jab, however.

From Fox News:

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” host Sage Steele knocked her network’s vaccine mandate, suggesting during an interview she was forced to get the shot before a Sept. 30 deadline.

In a preview exchange from former NFL player Jay Cutler’s “Uncut” podcast, Steele was asked about the band-aid she had on her arm.

The ESPN host explained the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut had “so few people” during the pandemic has “crept up” in recent months with COVID guidelines such as masks and social distancing in place.

“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is, um, sick,” Steele said. “And it’s scary to me in many ways. But I have a job, a job that I love, and frankly, a job that I need, but again, I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, a global company… but it was actually emotional.”

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