An ESPN reporter quit over the company’s vaccine mandate, citing discrimination she has faced after skipping the COVID jab. Reporter Allison Williams says she was advised by her doctor last month to skip the COVID vaccine because she was trying to get pregnant. Then, she found herself unable to work college football games — a major part of her job.
Williams said on Instagram that her “request for accommodation” was denied, leaving her forced to choose between her efforts to build a family and getting the jab so she could do her job.
“Belief is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, because in addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, 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 need to put them first,” she says. “And the irony in all this is that a lot of these same values and morals that I hold dear are what made me a really good employee, what helped with the success that I’m able to have in my career.”
Williams is firm that she will not “put a paycheck over principle.” Williams has shown more fortitude than fellow ESPN personality Sage Steele, who caved to pressure and got the jab.
“I don’t know what the future holds, obviously, for any of us. I’m trying to wrap my head around the thought that the largest game I’ve worked in my career, the national championship game, might be the last game I work. But I’m going to focus on what I have to be thankful for,” she says. “I’m going to hold on to my faith. I’m going to pray that things get better, and that I can see you on the television set in some capacity, in some stadium, covering some game soon. Until then, God bless, and I’m going to go hug my baby.”
This is the utter insanity of vaccine mandates. This woman simply wanted to build a family and try for a second child. She has a legitimate medical reason from a trained professional to back up her decision not to get the jab. Yet she was forced to give up her livelihood anyway.