Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams, who left the company after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19, claimed she walked away from “the largest contract in my career” over the mandate. She said she conceren about the vaccine affecting her fertility as she and her husband try to concieve a second child.
“They’re essentially taking away what they believe is best for you because of the bureaucracy and the pressure that happens when you involve politics in medicine,” Williams said. “And this is a really dangerous space to occupy. And it scares me that people are not only supporting this, but encouraging it. Medical decisions need to be for individuals, not for the population en masse.”
It did not take long for her to land back on her feet.
The Daily Wire announced on Friday that Williams has signed with the media company to lead a special sports series.
She also released a statement:
“I am proud to be a part of a company that fights for our rights and I cannot wait to bring agenda-free sports reporting to the Daily Wire’s members and millions of followers,” Williams said. “Leaving ESPN was one of the most difficult decisions of my career, but it was the right thing to do. I respect people who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but it was not the appropriate medical decision for me at this time. No one should be forced to choose between their livelihood and the freedom to make their own health care choices—it is simply un-American.”
While speaking with Megyn Kelly, she also blasted the President Joe Biden. The Biden administration announced last month that all private employers with 100 or more employees will be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccine and daily testing, requiring vaccines for federal workers and contractors as well.
As part of her job reporting on college football, Williams worked games last season before there was a vaccine.
Williams announced on Instagram on Sunday that she’s leaving ESPN after she refused to get vaccinated.
“I tested and I masked and I wasn’t a threat to anyone when no one was vaccinated,” she said. “So why is it now that anyone who wants the vaccine has it, and should be therefore protected, why am I a threat now?”