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Cari Champion: Sage Steele ‘Clearly Has Issues With Women’

“That’s dumb. I don’t have any other eloquent way to say that,” Champion responded when shown the clip.

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Media outlets outside of sports were paying attention to Sage Steele’s comments last week on Jay Cutler’s Uncut podcast. The SportsCenter anchor made headlines for controversial comments about ESPN’s vaccine mandate and Former President Barack Obama’s racial identity.

On Tuesday, ESPN announced that Steele would be off the air for at least a week. The move was supposedly a response to her comments, but the network also noted that Sage Steele has been diagnosed with Covid-19. That would keep her out of the studio during that same time frame anyway.

CNN welcomed Cari Champion to New Day on Wednesday to talk about Steele’s comments. In an interview with Brianna Keeler, Champion said that the comments weren’t surprising to anyone that knows Steele. Champion added that it didn’t mean that they weren’t harmful.

Champion described Steele as an inspiration for plenty of minority women in broadcasting.

“I think a lot of people, regardless of her experience or how she chooses to identify, looked up to her as the brown girl at ESPN,” Champion said.

While Champion did not like what Sage Steele had to say about the former president, she said that Steele’s comments about the way she views other women in sports media are what really bothered her.

Steele said that she has refused to help young, female reporters in the past based on what they were wearing in the video they sent.

“So, when you dress like that, I’m not saying you deserve the gross comments, but you know what you’re doing when you’re putting that outfit on, too,” Steele said on Uncut. “Like, women are smart, so don’t play coy and put it all on the guys.”

“That’s dumb. I don’t have any other eloquent way to say that,” Champion responded when shown the clip.

She said it was clear that Sage Steele has “issues with women.” Cari Champion added that Steele’s comments were particularly disappointing because it makes things harder for women in a business already dominated by men. The industry forces women to compete with each other in a way men don’t have to.

“There’s this mentality that there can only be one. [Sage Steele] upholds that in so many ways.”

Sage Steele and Cari Champion were both at ESPN from 2012 until Champion left last year. While they worked on opposite sides of the country, both anchored SportsCenter beginning in 2015.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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