ESPN reporter Allison Williams leaving network over Covid vaccine mandate

ESPN college football and basketball reporter Allison Williams says she will be leaving the network over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

10/18/2021 3:21:00 PM

ESPN college football and basketball reporter Allison Williams says she will be leaving the network over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

'I have been denied my request for accommodation' to not get the vaccine, Williams said in a video posted Friday to Instagram. 'Effective next week I will be separated from the company.'

said over the weekend that she will be leaving the network over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate."I have been denied my request for accommodation" to not get the vaccine, Williams, 37, said in a video posted Friday to."Effective next week I will be separated from the company."

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The Walt Disney Company, which co-owns ESPN,announcedin late July that it would require all salaried and nonunion hourly employees to be vaccinated within 60 days. ESPN had told its 5,500 traveling employees in May that they would need to be vaccinated by Aug. 1.

Williams said last month that she had"decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child."Doctors have been repeating for months that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and women who would like to have babies.

"I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this and I've had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I have to put them first," Williams said in her Instagram video.She added:"I cannot put a paycheck over principle. I will not sacrifice something that I believe and hold so strongly to maintain a career."

Williams previously worked for Fox Sports Florida. She joined ESPN in 2011.She also addressed people who told her it was her"moral obligation" to receive the vaccine."I weighed that and I thought about implications," Williams said."We all want to be good neighbors. We all want to end this pandemic. But ultimately, an injection that does not stop transmission and spread, for me, did not weigh in morally."

Vaccinated people aresignificantly less likely to get infected with Covid-19, but also much less likely to die from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Williams said that in April, Disney told employees that it would be their decision to get the vaccine, but it was encouraged.

"Their values were clearly changed," Williams said."I had hoped that they would respect that mine did not."She added that she does not know what it's like to run a multibillion dollar company swayed by"societal and political pressures." ESPN did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

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Officials said last month that they would not"comment on an individual" after Williams announced last month that she would not be on the sidelines during ESPN's college football broadcasts for the first time in 15 years. Read more: NBC News »

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Adios Heaven forbid a company require you to protect yourself from a dangerous virus by mandating a free vaccine to help protect you and others. What a horrible company. 😂🤣🤣 Bye Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Privileged to choose poorly. Ok No loss I'm sure. Walmart is hiring all positions! Vaccine mandate shouldn't be legal, putting freedom & human right down the drain! We want vaccines that are Not made in a country Billed Out of Bio Weapon Treaty!! 🤯 I think we should have the right to wait for a TOTALLY Canadian Made vaccine at MINIMUM!

Buh bye Hasta la Vista baby

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Well done Allison for standing up to these Nazis 👋 Good for her. Good for others to have her job Good, she should leave. Rational adults don’t think like her. And they have a million qualified applicants ready to fill her spot Ohhhh no Karen is Gone Girl !! BY By BYE, this is America Bye, Felicia. Bye Felicia!

Good riddance

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Sooooo long Working hard to get a job at Fox News. See ya! 🤣🤣 Doesn’t she also slut shame the other women reporters and hate on barrack Obama for being half black? Bye. Bye bye Why just talk about her? What about everyone there that got the vaccine? They sure don't get the coverage she does!

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Why keep giving air time to those people? Who? Bye. Buh bye! How many days in a row are u going to tweet this like it just happened Bye! Ok. Bye. Good

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✈️🎻✈️🎻 ? So if she gets pregnant, she will be putting her and her baby at more risk not being vaccinated. What a brainiac. Next! Why one person's decision not to get vaccinated makes the news? How about this- I am vaccinated since January 2021. I got my flu shot. I am getting my Pfizer booster next week. NewsBreak

Good for her for standing up to the Media Bye, then. Choices have consequences. See ya…..

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👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Good news for all the responsible, hard working, up and coming female sports journalists out there waiting patiently for their shot. Glad it’s not only the low hanging fruit that are getting the pressure. Bye not going to miss any of you. Bye Goodbye... Seeeeee Ya! Allison who? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Who cares!!! Someone who cares about the health and safety of others can now have her job!

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Okay, bye Bye bye B-bye Stop amplifying this anti-vaxxer who failed to follow company safety protocol. Good riddance Buh Bye!!!!! K bye. Alice Who? Hope she has a big bank account cause those bills will not stop coming

Bye! Never heard of her She must be stupid! Covid is very contagious and dangerous! bye bye.. Frankly, happy to hear ESPN has a vaccine mandate. Who? Even if her employer did not have the rule, what about the vax requirement to get into some big sports venues? Plus flying? Think! Adios young maggot Who, bye 👋 💀 🤣

I think ESPN is going to be fine Goodbye 👋 So, I take it she doesn’t know that pregnancy is a major risk factor for severe COVID? Bye 👋🏽 whoever you are 👋🏽 Bye bye Girl, bye. BYE Bye

So... there's a job opening. Is that what you are telling me goodbye to this non story Does OAN have a sports department yet? Stop giving the ignorant press coverage Bye No one else will want her Bye Please don't let the door hit you on your way out

Who cares. Bye bye Bye then.....🙂 Good Bye why can’t TuckerCarlson do the same thing? Goodbye Bye! Bye But bye

Who? Maybe Newsmax will start covering sports. Who? See ya!!! What is it we say? Bye Felicia? 'Byyyyyye, Alissssonnnn... Leaving soon for sure 🤡 Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Bye 👋 Allison! Quit giving these people attention and airtime! They are not that important!

Bye bye. 👋🏿 Bye 👋🏿 Okay.. Bye Bye Loser Freedom.A fickle mistress. Lots of pretty women out there who can talk sports. Bye. Assume she got an offer from OAN or Newsmax She can always go work in Texas or Florida! Bye 👋

Well we know who SHE voted for. Who cares....stop covering these people. Idiot So long...buh byeee! Bye Bye

Dime a dozen. Already not missed. We all make choices! And accept the consequences! Somebody make sure to sterilize that mic before the next reporter uses it. Bye, Bye hope you don't get sick due to covid-19 it's almost killed me. We are still fighting, and continuing to hope for justice, and continue to ask for help in getting to a place of safety and opportunity. Since my last update, we continue to live in an abusive home justice4noahisaacandamandagarcia

Buh Bye I would like to announce that I got 2 Pfizer vaccines in January 2021 and will be getting my booster in a week! I do not work for ESPN. Here! Now it is announced on Twitter! brave Bye, girl. I haven’t felt this bad sense WHAM broke up. Good bye

Meh, Creating Job openings. Good for her. I’m sure ESPN already has a list of people ready to replace her. She uses the term “Accommodation” as if her selfishness and stupidity are somehow disabilities that need to be accommodated. Good. Byeeeeeeee! alaskarebel Bye, Felicia Bye, Felicia! Good for her. The vaccine is a beautiful thing, but the freedom to choose is more beautiful.

What is wrong with these anti vaxxers? We’ve had to vax for our whole lives, why make it political now? When did people stop caring about others? When did selfishness become their guiding light? GetVaccinatedNow 'I have been denied my request to get sick and possibly die from a preventable disease.' There, I fixed it for her.

Oh no! how will they ever replace...who is she again? She can go join her 'Q' friends. 👋 Her choice. The Constitution doesn’t ban stupidity. Can't work at fox news either so BYE Bye bye job Bye Buh bye! Her body. Her choice. Who is this person?

Bye Felicia! 'Am I my brother's keeper,' she was heard to mutter as she carried her box of belongings from her office. Lol And she’ll probably be replaced by some black trans girl Bye 😊 Good riddance WHO? … next! Byeeeee

Good riddance. Bye Bye! Good 1. Who is this person? 2. Are we going to report every single employee of every single company that refuses to get vaccinated? 3. Who is this person again? We want justice and safety of Bangladeshi Hindus🙏 SaveHindus SaveHinduTemples SaveHumanRights saveHinduFestivals SaveHinduBoys SaveHinduGirls SanatanaDharma BlackdayDurgaPuja2021 PleaseStandWithHindus SaveBangladeshiHindus WeDemandSafety WeDemandJustice

aw, tough!

Must be nice not to worry about a paycheck. Well, Goodbye BYE! Bye girl!! She was horrible at her job anyway ESPN is hiring! Good. There at least 25 capable, hungrier candidates who can fill that job. bye So much for her career Bye

stephenasmith I don’t hear you trashing her all over the news like you did with Kyrie and Nuck for that matter. Y’all really think black people are stupid. We See You!! espn FirstTake Bye Felicia GREAT!! SAFER FOR AMERICA!! That OK you will not be miss and no one care about your vaccine stupidity. See ya!

Insert eye roll Good riddance.

I don’t remember her ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾 How unfortunate that her grasp for notoriety is overshadowed by the death of Colin Powell, from COVID. Another one bites the dust. Don't let the door hit you in the ass. Who? Would be great to hear from a fertility doctor or other woman going through treatment- is anti vaccine required ? How does it affect fertility treatments?

I'm vaccinated and will gladly take her job 🙃 Buh bye Who? Ok, bye