Amid escalating protests nationwide over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, ESPN reporter Allison Williams announced on Friday that she would be leaving the network rather than submit to a company requirement that she take the jabs, according to The Hill.
As Fox News noted, it was just last month that Williams revealed that on the advise of her doctor, she had decided against receiving the vaccine, particularly because she was hoping to become pregnant in the near future.
As such, she explained, she would no longer be able to work on the sidelines at college football games, a role she had previously fulfilled for the network.
Last week, however, she told her followers on Instagram that her formal request to network management for accommodation was denied, thus forcing her hand. WATCH:
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Sports media website Awful Announcing reported that Williams lent additional context to her career move by saying, “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.”
Lamenting that leaving the network was the only palatable option, given her beliefs, Williams added, “And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first. And the irony in all this is that a lot of these same values and morals that I hold dear are what made me a really good employee, what helped with the success that I’m able to have in my career.”
Declaring that forfeiting her employment “was a deeply difficult decision to make,” Williams ultimately said that “taking the vaccine at this time is not in [her] best interest,” a set of circumstances with which millions of other Americans are currently grappling in the face of federal and corporate mandates.
With growing numbers of workers in a range of industries mightily pushing back on authoritarian vaccination mandates, there is increasing sense of hope that in the near future, nobody will be unjustly forced to, as Williams described it, “put a paycheck over principle.”