Beadle to host ESPN NBA studio coverage through NBA Finals

Sage Steele is out at ESPN as the host of "NBA Countdown" and has been replaced by Michelle Beadle, much to the delight of Black Twitter. Beadle will now lead the NBA Finals pregame and halftime coverage on ABC, according to ESPN's press release. Steele has also been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that she thinks "all lives matter". She began her stint on "Countdown" at the beginning of this season, frequently joining former players-turned-analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups in the studio on the network's regular Wednesday and Friday night broadcasts.

'The only thing better than working for Connor Schell and Kevin Wildes is being able to spend each day with all of the incredibly talented people at NBA Countdown and SportsNation, ' she said. "Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the M.V.P. of the league?"

If Steele had established herself as a hardcore lefty, like Jemele Hill and others have, would she be getting that kind of outpouring of sympathy? Also, when the news broke out, numerous Twitter memes went viral depicting Steele's departure.

The sports commentator was traveling from Los Angeles to Houston in January when she complained about protesters at the airport.

"So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage almost 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights", she captioned a photo of a demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well.

A few months ago, Sage Steele made a comment on her social media account that puts her name in a limbo.

Steele responded: 'Just my opinion!

Still, Steele's time at ESPN isn't over. She also criticized Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

  • Julie Sanders