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Sage Steele's Next Move After Leaving ESPN Generates Speculation

Sports fans speculate on Sage Steele's next move after her departure from ESPN, with many believing she will join FOX.

Sports enthusiasts are abuzz with speculation about Sage Steele's next move following her departure from ESPN. Steele, who announced her exit from the network on Tuesday, cited a desire for greater freedom in expressing her rights as the reason for her departure. In a tweet, she stated, "Having successfully settled my case with ESPN/Disney, I have decided to leave so I can exercise my first amendment rights more freely. I am grateful for so many wonderful experiences over the past 16 years and am excited for my next chapter!"

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz confirmed the mutual agreement between Steele and the network, expressing gratitude for her contributions. However, fans on social media are now speculating that Steele may be headed to FOX. The reactions on various platforms reflect this anticipation.

Steele's departure comes after a prolonged feud with ESPN, during which she was sidelined for ten days in October 2021 due to her criticism of the company's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Additionally, she was removed from several high-profile assignments, including coverage of the New York City Marathon and the Rose Parade. These events prompted Steele to file a lawsuit last May, in which she claimed that ESPN had coerced her into making a public apology. The lawsuit also alleged that ESPN allowed the media to tarnish Steele's reputation without challenge and permitted her colleagues to defame her without consequence, in violation of company policy.

As of now, the specific details of the settlement reached this week have not been disclosed.

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