Former ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams, who left the company earlier this month after refusing to comply with Disney’s vaccine mandate, says she walked away from the "largest contract" of her career by exiting.
In an interview on The Megyn Kelly Show, Williams spoke on why she was surprised by ESPN not granting her request for an exception on the mandate.
“It was contingent on me getting an injection, which I was morally, ethically and medically opposed to,” Williams told Kelly on Thursday. “So, when it came down to it, I knew I couldn’t get it, and when they denied my request for accommodation, I was very surprised.”
Williams says she was concerned about taking the vaccine because she was trying to conceive her second child -- despite the CDC finding no link between the vaccine and fertility issues. She was in the process of applying for a medical exemption, until she was told her exemption wouldn’t be supported.
Instead, Williams decided to seek out a religious exemption despite saying her doctor supported her decision to not get the vaccine.
“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.”
Williams called ESPN her "dream job" and said management at the company has always treated her well. Her manager thought they could work something out when Williams expressed her concerns over the vaccine. Despite both of their efforts, people above him made clear that it would be impossible for her to go to events or games without being vaccinated, she said.
Williams worked the entire college football season last year before there was a vaccine made available.
“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?”
It wasn’t too long until Williams announced her next landing spot at The Daily Wire, a conservative media outlet founded by Ben Shapiro.