ESPN president John Skipper stands behind Sage Steele

ESPN's Sage Steele and Michelle Beadle

ESPN's Sage Steele and Michelle Beadle

Steele was replaced by another ESPN personality in an unexpected announcement Tuesday, but she was still staying with the network.

Recently, Steele complained that the anti-Trump protestors demonstrating against the president's travel ban at their airport caused her to miss her flight.

In a post-game interview with Arcade Fire singer Win Butler-who had just been named MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game-Steele cut off Butler's attempts to talk about the USA election, saying "We're talking about celebrity stuff, not politics".

ESPN is making some changes to "NBA Countdown" heading into the playoffs.

"I guess ESPN was fed up with Sage Steele".

Michelle is now the full-time host on "NBA Countdown", and according to Fox News, Steele is still "very much employed" by ESPN and will lead the network's "SportsCenter on the Road" initiative.

Steele, who joined ESPN in March 2007, also signed a new multi-year deal with the World Wide Leader in Sports last September.

Beadle, who has been handling that role during ESPN's Wednesday and Friday regular-season games, will lead the network's coverage throughout the playoffs, including ESPN's telecasts of the Western Conference finals. "It's the best job in sports", Beadle said in a statement. "Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of the league?"

"Instead of praising or uplifting each other, way too many people of color choose to tear down, mock and spew hatred at other blacks who feel differently, think differently, or make decisions that are different from theirs", Steele wrote on her Facebook page.

People were quick to call out Steele for the comment, with some suggesting she was missing the point of the demonstration. In November a year ago, she was also blasted for criticizing Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans on Twitter.

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