Disney is learning a lesson about meddling in politics.
Get woke and go broke.
And Ron DeSantis will be grinning from ear to ear after Disney sees this lawsuit.
Last year, Disney imposed a vaccine mandate on employees.
That requirement affected on-air talent at ESPN, the famed sports network owned by Disney.
Sage Steele is one of the few outspoken conservatives at the woke sports network and complained about the mandate and mocked former President Barack Obama on a podcast interview.
ESPN then benched Steele – who is the star anchor of the network’s flagship 6PM SportsCenter program.
Now Steele is suing ESPN for breaching her contract and violating her First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
“After Ms. Steele’s remarks drew criticism in the press and on social media, ESPN forced her to issue an apology and temporarily benched her, according to the suit, which was served in Connecticut, where the network is based,” the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported. “ESPN also retaliated by taking away prime assignments and failing to stop bullying and harassment by Ms. Steele’s colleagues, the suit alleges.”
The law alleged ESPN “violated Connecticut law and Steele’s rights to free speech based upon a faulty understanding of her comments and a nonexistent, unenforced workplace policy that serves as nothing more than pretext,” adding that ESPN relied on “inaccurate third-party accounts of Steele’s comments” and additionally “did not immediately review the actual comments or the context in which they were made.”
In the interview, Steele explained to former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler that she personally opposed getting the coronavirus vaccine, but submitted to the requirement due to the fact that she needed to keep her job at ESPN.
“I didn’t want to do it. But I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30 to get it done or I’m out,” Steele said in the interview.
“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is, um, sick,” Steele added. “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.”
Steele also explained she checked on the census that she was both black and white because she was biracial adding that she was surprised Obama considered himself black as his white mother raised him on her own.
“If they make you choose a race, she’s like ‘What are you going to put?’ And I go, ‘Both.’ And she’s like, ‘Well, you can’t,'” Steele stated. “She goes, ‘Barack Obama chose black and he’s biracial.’ And I’m like, ‘Congratulations to the President. That’s his thing. I think that’s fascinating considering his black dad was nowhere to be found and his white mom and grandma raised him, but hey, you do you. I’m gonna do me.'”
Ron DeSantis signed legislation last year banning vaccine passports and completely undermining companies like Disney from implementing Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
And now Disney will once again pay a steep price for their involvement in politics.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.