Sage Steele, ESPN personality, Indiana University graduate and Carmel native, will no longer host "NBA Countdown", according to Sporting News. "Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of the league?"
However, ESPN has publicly renewed their commitment to Steele who has been a key part of ESPN's SportsCenter on the Road presentation and has a role at The Masters this week.
It is also worth noting that NBA Countdown is featured on both ESPN and ABC while taking place as the pregame, halftime and postgame shows for nationally televised and much-anticipated matchups.
The removal of ESPN anchor Sage Steele from the network's National Basketball Association coverage was being blown way out of proportion, according to the president of the sports-only cable TV station.
In January, Steele was blasted on Instagram for blaming travel ban protesters for causing her to miss a flight out of LAX.
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Steele signed a new multi-year deal with ESPN this past September, so, despite widespread news of layoffs and buyouts, it would qualify as a relatively major surprise if she were out of the network anytime in the near future.
"So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage almost 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights", she captioned a photo of a demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport.
'I love witnessing people exercis [ing] their right to protest! Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well.
For those reasons alone, people celebrated her firing on social media.
Steele began trending on Twitter after her comments sparked a firestorm of outrage. She even tweeted Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Mike Evans.
She also drew backlash when she was critical of NFL players who made a decision to kneel during the national anthem.