ESPN journalist Dan Le Batard on Monday called his employer’s approach on how to cover President Donald Trump’s ban “weak,” and also ripped ESPN anchor Sage Steele for an Instagram post where she complained about her flight being delayed in Los Angeles because of protests at LAX.
ESPN sent out a memo on how to talk about the ban, telling employees to cover it as it relates to sports.
"I understand what ESPN is doing with these memos," Le Batard said on his ESPN radio show, “The Dan Le Batard Show.”
"They don't want to open the door so that everyone at ESPN is talking politics instead of sports in a way that alienates. But I think the way we are doing it is weak. … I feel like you gotta trust your people at some point to talk about some things in this country that aren't sports related.”
Trump's order, dubbed "Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States," bans citizens from Syria, Somalia, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Iraq from entering the country for at least 90 days. It also suspends the refugee program for four months, bans Syrian refugees, calls for new immigration screening procedures and directs the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine which countries fail to provide “adequate information” for its citizens to be issued visas to enter the United States.
Le Batard’s prod at Steele was on the same topic.
"The genie is out of the bottle on this because we all have our own Twitter accounts and all have our own social media. 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 [that] your travel plans were affected? What are you talking about? It's the height of privilege,” said Le Batard, whose parents fled from Cuba.
"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 exile."
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