Sage Steele, most widely known for her coveted spot on ESPN’s SportsCeenter, is being dragged on Twitter because of her complaint about the decision to protest at the Los Angeles International Airport. Steele (44) is the lead host of SportsCenter On The Road, and many remember her passionate stories about her respect for the late Stuart Scott. On Sunday, Steele shared her passion for convenient protests via a post on Instagram and twitter.
“…I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people’s travel plans. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant. ??”
Thousands converged upon LAX and airports all over the United States to protest the #muslimban. In her haste to post a photo and commentary, she failed to realize the fact that a Sudanese Internal Medicine Resident at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic had to leave the US one day after Trump signed the Executive Order. She failed to realize that under Trumps Executive Order, even friends that she may have who possess legal Green Cards, are affected. She must have missed the tweet about the innocent people being detained at airports such as DFW, JFK, Saudi Arabia and more. One woman even attempted suicide at the thought of facing deportation. Steele failed to realize that people are protesting because people who have served our country in various ways (and who are living peacefully in the community) are being falsely stereotyped, and their lives are forever changed. The facts are, the majority of fatal attacks in the United States have been performed by White Supremacists. Clearly, she didn’t research the outrage before posting.
Well, the twitter-verse and other social media outlets let her have it.
As a public figure, posting your thoughts carries a risk: you might speak too soon, speak out of turn, or offend someone. But Freedom of Speech affords us the right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction.
So when we use our rights, we choose to accept the repercussions. And Sage Steele is owning her speech.