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Deadspin Deletes Racist Tweet Referring To ESPN’s Sage Steele As ‘The Black Candace Owens’

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NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 23: SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele at the espnW Women + Sports Summit held at The Resort at Pelican Hill on October 23, 2019 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
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Sports outlet Deadspin, which advertises its own brand on Twitter as “sports news without fear, favor, or compromise,” was forced to delete a tweet Thursday that referred to ESPN’s Sage Steele as “the black Candace Owens.”

“IDIOT OF THE YEAR #6: Sage Steele, the Black Candace Owens,” the original tweet read.

The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead was among those who called out Deadspin for the racist comment, sharing a screenshot of the now-deleted tweet with the comment: “What the hell is this garbage, @Deadspin? She doesn’t agree with your views so you launch a racist attack against MULTIPLE black women? There’s something seriously wrong with these people, and it’s downright pathetic.”

Unsurprisingly, there isn’t an author’s name on this garbage. If you’re going to publish racist nonsense about @sagesteele, at least have the guts to put your name on it @Deadspin,” Hookstead continued, noting that the article itself boasted no individual byline, but rather: “By Deadspin Staff.”

Comedian Adam Carolla defended Steele, saying, “Sage Steele has more talent & intelligence in her little finger than the entire Deadspin staff combined.” He later added, “Sage Steele is the best thing to happen to ESPN.”

Deadspin later replaced the tweet with a new one, changing the text to read, “IDIOT OF THE YEAR #6: Sage Steele, the Candace Owens of ESPN.”

According to the Deadspin article, Steele qualified as one of their top IDIOTS OF THE YEAR for 2021 because she happened to notice that the city of Chicago had a violent crime problem.

First, she teamed up with Clay Travis on Twitter and did the whole “well, what about Chicago?” thing — as they implied that the Black city was more dangerous than COVID-19.

She also ranked high on Deadspin’s IDIOT list for complaining about vaccine mandates and then having the audacity to get COVID-19 even after she was vaccinated.

“Let’s also keep in mind, guys, she got COVID. Not only did she have to get the Covid vaccine but then she had one of these breakthrough cases of COVID which seem to be occurring at a fairly regular rate,” said Travis. “Dr. Fauci says they don’t track them. I think a lot of people listening now who know someone in their own friend or family circle who had this happen to them. The reality is Jemele Hill, when she was working at ESPN called Donald Trump a white supremacist and nothing happened. ESPN didn’t do anything. Steele is getting suspended for saying she doesn’t think the company should have a vaccine mandate? That’s absolute madness.”

Then, she went on Jay Cutler’s podcast and publicly complained about ESPN’s vaccine mandate. Cutler also called her “The Candace Owens of ESPN,” something our Carron Phillips had already dubbed her in 2020.

And finally, Steele wound up missing weeks of work because she tested positive for COVID, because of course she did.

Other public figures who made Deadspin’s list included Enes Kanter Freedom — apparently because he was willing to call out China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslims but did not have shoes painted to reflect human rights abuses in Palestine — and Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose crime appears to be his staunch defense of biological females in collegiate sports.

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