Michele Tafoya Replies to Sage Steele's ESPN Departure

Sage Steele, a longstanding contributor to ESPN, announced her departure early Tuesday morning.

She claimed she was leaving the company to better exercise her right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Update on my life. Having resolved my legal dispute with ESPN/Disney, I have decided to leave in order to better exercise my First Amendment rights,

" Steele explained in his resignation letter. "I look forward to the next chapter of my life and am thankful for the 16 years I have lived so far."

Her post quickly became widely shared online. Longtime sideline reporter Michele Tafoya saw her tweet and decided to leave NBC for the same reason.

Sage Steele, a prominent ESPN personality, announced her departure from the company Tuesday morning.

Sage Steele, a longstanding contributor to ESPN, announced her departure early Tuesday morning.

Saying, "Congratulations, @sagesteele!" Tafoya wrote in a social media post. You have been accepted into the 

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