ESPN’s Sage Steele Blasted for Complaining About LAX Protests

Anchor expressed concern for “elderly and parents with small children”

In the midst of the political turmoil that’s gripping the U.S., it’s easy to forget that America’s biggest sporting event, Super Bowl LI, is happening next week.

And ESPN anchor Sage Steele was terribly inconvenienced by the backlash to President Donald Trump’s refugee ban as she travelled to cover the football game over the weekend.

“So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights,” Steele vented on Instagram.

She was supposed to travel from Los Angeles to Houston on Sunday so she could cover the big game. (Buildup to the event has been widely rejected by the viewing public who have popularized the hashtag #NotMySuperBowl — largely because fans would have rather seen the Steelers and Packers face off instead of the Patriots and Falcons.)

The entire airport in Los Angeles was backed up when Steele arrived for her flight, thanks to hordes of protesters decrying the new executive order that put a 90-day ban on all citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria and Iran. And she vented her frustration:

So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights. Fortunately, a 7 hour wait for the next flight to Houston won’t affect me that much, but my heart sank for the elderly and parents with small children who did their best to walk all that way but had no chance of making their flights. I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people’s travel plans. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant. ????????

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Steele got responses to her social media rant from colleagues who strongly disagreed with her. She responded to them on Twitter: 

But those outside of the sports media sphere were not nearly as diplomatic towards Steele and her comments.

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