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ESPN re-assigns conservative sports analyst after it releases new rules about political dialogue

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ESPN has re-assigned a conservative leaning commentator after it released new rules regarding political discussion on the network.

Sage Steele, who has been an outspoken critic of Black Lives Matter and other liberal causes, has been replaced on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” by Michelle Beadle, Fox News reported.

Steele angered social justice warriors many times in her career with her conservative views.

In January she drew the ire of many leftists when she complained about protesters of President Donald Trump’s travel ban causing her flight to be delayed.

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She didn’t win any more friends on the left when she criticized NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem, and cut short an interview with Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler when he started pushing his liberal opinions at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, according to Fox News.

Most recently she angered liberals when stated that the “worst racism that I have received … is from black people.”

“There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing,” she said at the Under Our Skin conference in Tampa, Florida in February.

The decision to move Steele came after ESPN released new rules on political commentary on its programming.

“Given the intense interest in the most recent presidential election and the fact subsequent political and social discussions often intersected with the sports world, we found it to be an appropriate time to review our guidelines,” ESPN’s vice president of global digital content Patrick Stiegman said in a statement on ESPN.com.

Stiegman said there wasn’t one particular issue that caused the change, but that the current political climate in America had something to do with it.

“We have the convergence of a politically charged environment and all these new technologies coming together at once,” Stiegman said. “Based on that, we wanted the policy to reflect the reality of the world today. There are people talking about politics in ways we have not seen before, and we’re not immune from that.”

ESPN has not traditionally been too accepting of conservative political opinions.

Last year it fired former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling for a social media post he made deriding transgender bathrooms.

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Schilling fired back at the network, saying it employed “some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”

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