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ESPN Reporter Leaving Company Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

ESPN college football sideline reporter Allison Williams announced that she is leaving the company over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, emphasizing that she was not going to “put a paycheck over principle.” Williams, 37, has been at ESPN since 2011.

Williams said last month that she would not be reporting during the 2021 college football season because of the vaccine mandate. She elected not to get vaccinated after receiving guidance from her doctor and a fertility specialist because she and her husband are trying to conceive a second child.

She said in an Instagram video Friday that her “request for accommodation” was denied.

“Belief is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, because in addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this,” Williams said, according to Awful Announcing. “And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first.”

“And the irony in all this is that a lot of these same values and morals that I hold dear are what made me a really good employee, what helped with the success that I’m able to have in my career,” she continued.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidance late last month encouraging vaccinations for those who are pregnant, recently became pregnant, breastfeeding, are trying to become pregnant or who might become pregnant in the future.

“The CDC health advisory strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant persons and their fetus or infant outweigh known or potential risks,” the CDC wrote.

Williams said in her Instagram video Friday that she is unsure what her future holds following her departure from ESPN, where she had worked for the past decade.

“I’m trying to wrap my head around the thought that the largest game I’ve worked in my career, the national championship game, might be the last game I work. But I’m going to focus on what I have to be thankful for,” she said. “I’m going to hold on to my faith. I’m going to pray that things get better and that I can see you on the television set in some capacity, in some stadium, covering some game soon. Until then, God bless, and I’m going to go hug my baby.”

In May, ESPN announced that employees who travel to events must be vaccinated by Aug. 1. The company also said that a number of host venues for sporting events were requiring that the company’s staff be vaccinated.

Walt Disney, ESPN’s parent company, announced on July 30 that all on-site salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. were required to be fully vaccinated within 60 days.

 

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7 Comments
  • eingriff says:

    Compulsory vaccination is a use of government power to hype vaccine sales by monopolistic pharmaceutical companies. Sales of coronavirus vaccines should be prohibited. The Emergency Use Authorizations should be rescinded. They were predicated on applicants’ sworn representations that there was no alternative. Applicants knew this was false. So did the FDA. There are serious issues here of perjury conspiracy and bribery.

    We’ve always had cheap safe and effective means to exterminate the coronavirus and prevent and cure infection by it. The vaccine lobby has been instrumental in sabotaging the use of such means, to avoid spoiling the market for vaccines. Had we started using them in the early Spring of 2020, the pandemic would be over by now, with no lockdown and at a mere fraction of the public funds frittered away on feckless restrictions and subsidies. Many deaths, much illness and enormous social and economic damage have been done to promote the sales of irrelevant vaccines, quite apart from the deaths and injuries directly resulting from the vaccinations themselves.

    Exterminate the coronavirus. UV light kills it; certain frequencies have no effect on humans. Copper kills it. Salt kills it. Oxygen kills it. Doubtless many other safe and cheap measures kill it. No coronavirus, no coronavirus infection, right?

    Hydroxychloroquine prevents and cures infection by coronavirus. Some other things do, too, but it might be the safest and most effective. Another medication safe and effective against coronavirus is ivermectin. Still another is Clofazimine, an old safe drug long used against leprosy. Correio da Manhã reports “Clofazimine is an ideal candidate for treating coronavirus” says Sumit Chanda, immunologist of the American Institute of Scientific Research. “It’s safe, affordable, easy to make, can be taken by mouth, and can be distributed world-wide.” (My translation)

    Who takes coronavirus vaccinations voluntarily is foolish, given the risks and the fact they’re unnecessary. Coercing or inveigling people into taking them is cruel and criminal.

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