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Rachel Lindsay, left, claims ESPN host Sage Steele was "thrilled" when she didn't choose a Black man on ABC's "Bachelorette."

Lindsay made the remarks on the Higher Learning podcast with co-host, former TMZ staffer Van Lathan.

Lindsay, 36, hinted that Steele, 48, is a bourgeois biracial who is only Black when it's convenient for her.

Lindsay, who is Black, said the incident occurred about 4 years ago when she met Steele at ESPN. She said the encounter with Steele left her feeling like she was in the Twilight Zone.

"I like Sage," said Lindsay, adding that Steele is "problematic".

"She's a woman of color who had a long career in the media and I'm aspiring to this but then I'm listening to you and the first thing you say to me is how thrilled you are that I didn't choose Black. And I'm like… who is this woman?. Since then I've started to learn more about how problematic she can be."

Lindsay shared a video clip on Twitter. She captioned the video: "Y'all want to hear about the first time I met #SageSteele? #TrueStory."

Steele was temporarily suspended from ESPN's SportsCenter over comments she made about former President Barack Obama's race. She also disparaged ESPN's parent company Disney's vaccine mandate, calling it "sick" and "scary."

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Sage Steele was suspended after she made comments critical of ESPN's vaccine mandates as well as remarks about Obama's race.

The vaccinated SportsCenter host was pulled off air on Tuesday after she tested positive for Covid-19.
 
READ ALSO: ESPN Anchor Sage Steele: ‘Mandating Vaccines is Sick!’
 
Steele previously criticized ESPN and its parent company Disney, saying she got the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn't want to do it.

"I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I'm out," Steele told Jay Cutler, a former NFL quarterback.

"I respect everyone's decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it's scary to me in many ways. I just, I'm not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that."

After pulling Steele off air, the network said in a statement to Fox News:

"At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great. That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our internal policies. We are having direct conversations with Sage, and those conversations will remain private."

Fox News reports that Steele is set to return on-air next week.

Steele, 48, also commented on former President Barack Obama's race.

The mixed-race ESPN host said Obama choosing "Black" on the census was "fascinating" since "his Black dad was nowhere to be found" and he was raised by his white mother and grandmother.
 

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Sage Steele went viral over the weekend for comments she made about Barack Obama's father.

The ESPN anchor made the remarks on Jay Cutler's podcast.

The mixed-race ESPN host said Obama choosing "Black" on the census was "fascinating" since "his Black dad was nowhere to be found" and he was raised by his white mother and grandmother.

Steele, 48, also touched on the controversial statement she made about Disney enforcing the vaccine mandate at ESPN.

Steele previously slammed Disney's "sick" and "scary" vaccine mandate.

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Steele also said she respects Black conservative activist Candace Owens after Cutler called her the "Candace Owens of ESPN".

"I respect the hell out of Candace Owens," Steele said, "because, whether you agree or not, she doesn't give a crap what you think."

Steele said the worst racism she ever experienced was from Black people.

Steele, a single mother-of-three, is paying alimony to ex-husband Jonathan Bailey whom she divorced in 2019.

Watch the full interview below.
 

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ESPN anchor Sage Steele lashed out at her employer for forcing her to take a vaccine she did not want.

Steele, co-host of the 12pm SportsCenter on ESPN, expressed her employee grievance during an appearance on the "Uncut with Jay Cutler" podcast.

She said that she received a Covid mRNA vaccine that day but "didn't want to do it."

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"I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I'm out," Steele told Cutler, a former NFL quarterback.

"I respect everyone's decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it's scary to me in many ways. I just, I'm not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that."

ESPN is jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications.

On Tuesday, Steele retweeted a thought-provoking statement by Orlando Magic center Jonathan Isaac:

"Misrepresentation only allows for others to attack straw men, and not reason with the true ideas and heart of their fellow man. It helps no one! True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period!"

Isaac, who previously tested positive for Covid, is among a group of NBA players, including Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal, who refuse to get the vaccine.

...when technical difficulties force you off the court & into a desert windstorm ? @allisonw_espn #finalfour

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