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ESPN Fires Allison Williams Over Her Refusal To Adhere To Company-Wide Vaccine Mandate

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ESPN has fired Allison Williams for refusing to comply with the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Williams announced last month that she would not be getting the vaccine because she and her husband are trying to have their second child, she said in an Instagram video addressing her termination.

Initially, she was banned from working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she refused to comply with the network’s vaccine mandate while she and her husband are trying for their second child.

Williams, who joined the network in 2011, usually works on college football and basketball games, but missed week 1 of the ongoing football campaign before making an announcement on Thursday.

In an Instagram video on Saturday, Williams said her “housing request” was rejected Friday night, about a month after announcing she would be serving out the season because she had not yet received the vaccination when she and her husband tried for a second. child.

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Pictured: In an Instagram video on Saturday, Allison Williams said her ‘housing request’ was rejected Friday night

The news comes about a month after she announced she would be sitting out the season because she hadn't received the vaccine yet when she and her husband were trying to have a second child.

The news comes about a month after she announced she would be sitting out the season because she hadn’t received the vaccine yet when she and her husband were trying to have a second child.

'I've tried in vain to keep this short and not get emotional' Williams captioned the Instagram video saying she was being released from the network

‘I’ve tried in vain to keep this short and not get emotional’ Williams captioned the Instagram video saying she was being released from the network

Instead, Williams said she will be “separated from the company” next week.

“Faith is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately because in addition to the medical concerns about my desire to have another child related to receiving this injection, I’m also so morally and ethically inconsistent with it” , Williams said

“And I’ve had to dig really deep and analyze my values ​​and morals, and ultimately I have to put them first.”

“And the irony of all this is that many of those same values ​​and principles that I hold so dear have made me a very good employee and probably contributed to the success I’ve been able to achieve in my career.”

The 37-year-old, who has been with the network since 2011, said she struggled to accept that the national championship game she covered in January is now the last college football game she will play.

The 37-year-old has been with the network since 2011, mostly working on college football and basketball games

The 37-year-old has been with the network since 2011, mostly working on college football and basketball games

Williams claimed she would not be vaccinated when she and her husband were trying for their second child, citing her fertility specialist

Williams claimed she would not be vaccinated while she and her husband were trying for their second child, citing her fertility specialist

Williams, who joined the network in 2011, claimed she would not be vaccinated when she and her husband were trying for their second child, citing her fertility specialist.

“While my job is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is that of mother,” she wrote in a statement.

“During our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I are trying to have a second child. This was a very difficult decision to make and I don’t take it lightly.’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there is no evidence that any of the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility.

Disney, owner of ESPN, announced in late July that all salaried and non-union workers must be vaccinated.

The company-wide vaccine mandate begins on Friday and has been criticized by ‘SportCenter’ host Sage Steele.

However, Steele was eventually vaccinated, according to the Post.

ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not be working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she has refused to comply with the network’s vaccine mandate while she and her husband are trying for their second child.

Williams, who joined the network in 2011, usually works on college football and basketball games, but missed week 1 of the ongoing football campaign before making an announcement on Thursday.

“While my job is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is that of a mother,” he wrote in a statement. “During our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I are trying to have a second child. This was a very difficult decision to make and I don’t take it lightly.’

ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not be working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she has refused to comply with the network's vaccine mandate while she and her husband are trying for their second child.

ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not be working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she has refused to comply with the network’s vaccine mandate while she and her husband are trying for their second child.

Williams explained her absence in a statement, calling the vaccine 'essential', adding that taking the injection is not in her best interest

Williams explained her absence in a statement, calling the vaccine ‘essential’, adding that taking the injection is not in her best interest

Disney, owner of ESPN, announced in late July that all salaried and non-union workers must be vaccinated.

“Employees who have not yet been vaccinated and are working on-site have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and all employees who are still working from home must provide vaccination verification prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions,” read Disney’s statement on the company’s vaccine mandate.

Williams has been with ESPN since 2011

Williams has been with ESPN since 2011

Williams criticized no one for getting the vaccine and even acknowledged that it was “essential” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I understand that vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic, but the vaccine at the moment is not in my best interest,” she continued.

“After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided that I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am grateful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to returning to the games and work I love.”

According to CDC guidelines, the vaccines are approved for anyone over the age of 12, including pregnant women and women who breastfeed newborn children.

Williams and her husband had a boy in July 2019, according to her Instagram page.

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