Everyone's talking about ESPN's Sage Steele after the network announced she been axed from hosting "NBA Countdown."
Rumors swirled that Steele was replaced due to her conservative politics but a source told Fox News she is still "very much employed" by ESPN and is leading the network's "SportsCenter on the Road" initiative.
Here's what you need to know about the sports broadcaster:
- She hosted the Saturday and Sunday editions of "NBA Countdown" for four seasons. She currently hosts ESPN's "SportsCenter On The Road."
She started her career as a news producer and reporter for a local news station in South Bend, Indiana.
- Steele was born in 1972 into a military family. Her father, Gary Steele, was the first African American to play varsity football at West Point.
#TBT to Tuesday night...saying goodbye to my Dad before my early morning flight. #daddysgirl 😍 To all of you who have been kind enough to keep my Dad in your prayers, THANK YOU! The Colonel is doing well. The prostate cancer treatment has taken a backseat to a different cancer that was discovered during last month's surgery -- Multiple Myeloma. Today was his first chemotherapy treatment. It will be a long road but my parents' attitude, and most importantly, their FAITH, is amazingly strong. Inspirational. so if anyone can conquer this, they can...and they WILL. #SteeleStrong 💪🏾🙏🏽
The journalist graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1995 with a degree in sports communication.
Steele is married to Jonathan Bailey, a former personal trainer. They have three children.