ESPN’s Sage Steele called ‘coon’ for blasting Mike Evans on his Trump protest

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ESPN’s Sage Steele is catching flack for voicing her opinion on Mike Evans’ protest of Donald Trump. The Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver told reporters that he would kneel during the national anthem in protest of Trump’s election.

Steele responded to Evans by posting on Twitter, “Hey Mike Evans, look up the definition of the word democracy and remember this pic while kneeling/exercising your right to protest.” She attached a picture of a person visiting a military graveyard.


Evans recently revealed that he changed his mind and would not protest during the national anthem. However, his change came a bit too late for Steele who continues to be blasted online for comment against Evans.

For instance, Miko Grimes, the wife of NFL player Brent Grimes, went after Steele by calling her a “coon” and suggesting that Steele doesn’t believe she is Black because she’s married to a White man. She also tweeted, “The [president] you voted for said a woman who’s flat chested, which you clearly are, can’t be attractive.”


The harsh language reveals how the election has created a deep divide in this country. It’s a divide that can only begin to end if Trump makes it a point to bring the country together after running a campaign on hatred and bigotry. Freedom of expression on both ends of the spectrum is currently being attacked.

Others have rallied against Steele who stands as a prominent figure in sports journalism.

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