Friday, September 10, 2021

ESPN Sideline Reporter Steps Away Over Vaxx Mandate

Allison Williams

Allison Williams, a veteran college football sideline reporter for ESPN, announced on Thursday that she will be opting out of the season because she will not take the COVID-19 vaccine, reports The NYPost. 

“While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child.

“This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic; however, taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest.

“After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love.”

Williams has been at ESPN since 2011 and has been one of their most prominent sideline reporters for college football and basketball games; on at least one occasion — last October’s matchup between Miami and Clemson — she was on the network’s top broadcast team with Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler. 

ESPN’s parent company, Disney, announced last month that all employees were required to be fully vaccinated. 

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