One thing every sports journalist has been told by someone (most likely on Twitter) is to "stick to sports." It's almost like a person has to be closed off to every other part of their life except sports.
Dan Le Batard isn't going to go that route. He spoke up about politics, despite a memo ESPN sent to its employees about the importance of sticking to sports.
Le Batard also goes on to address Sage Steele's Instagram comments about the airport protesters.
"The genie is out of the bottle on Twitter and social media... ESPN is trying to keep this genie in the bottle by sending out a memo that keeps us from talking politics, but Sage Steele does this — did you guys see this? See what happened with her Instagram? She is a trending topic now throughout the country because she took a picture of LAX and she wrote this: So this is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly two miles to get to LAX but still missed our flights...
This is what ESPN is trying to prevent because once one person does it, it opens the floodgates for the rest of us because of course, I, as the son of exiles, look at this and I'm like what the hell are you talking about your travel plans were affected? What are you talking about? It's the height of privilege. And so, once you start opening that portal, you get ESPN-on-ESPN crime, you get all this stuff that ESPN doesn't want to have, as people think of ESPN as "liberal" leaning. But you can't give this a voice and then muzzle the rest of us. You can't give Sage Steele this voice and then muzzle the son of exiles."