Sage Steele, a seasoned reporter for ESPN, chose to leave her 16-year tenure due to perceived infringements on her right to free speech. Steele voiced her opinions on various controversial topics including vaccine mandates, race, the presence of transgender athletes in sports, and the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. Despite the network's claims of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, Steele felt marginalized due to her conservative and Christian beliefs. She highlighted the double standards within the network, where some individuals were allowed to openly express political opinions unrelated to sports, while she was told to stay silent. Steele believes she was put in this situation to expose the existing hypocrisy and encourages others to voice their opinions without fear.