Report: ESPN’s Allison Williams to leave network over vaccine rules

Allison Williams, a sideline reporter who has long covered college football for ESPN, is leaving the network, Breitbart reported Sunday.

Williams’ reported departure from the company comes amid disagreements over ESPN’s policies surrounding COVID-19 vaccination.

“Not in my best interest”

About a month ago, Williams announced that she would not be getting vaccinated for the coronavirus. At the time, she said she and her husband were trying to have a baby, and that they didn’t want to take any risks by getting vaccinated.

“This was a deeply difficult decision to make, and it’s not something I take lightly,” Williams stated, according to Breitbart. “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.”

The problem for Williams is that ESPN had made it clear to its employees — particularly those like Williams who travel to events — that they had to be vaccinated by Aug. 1.

In response, Williams announced that she would be taking this season off from covering college football. In the meantime, she was said to have put in a “request for accommodation” with ESPN.

It was after this request was denied that Williams announced she’d be splitting from the network.

“Paycheck over principle”

Williams explained her decision to step down in a recent social media post.

“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,” she said, referring to the vaccine mandate. “And, I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and, ultimately, I need to put them first.”

Williams went on to say that she is not the type to “put a paycheck over principle.”

Looking forward, she said she’s going to focus on what she has “to be thankful for.”

“I’m going to hold on to my faith,” she said. “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.”

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