ESPN college football reporter Allison Williams accounced she had quit her job over the weekend due to the network's mandate that all employees receive the COVID vaccine, a rule with which she said she was “morally and ethically not aligned.”
Williams, who had been with ESPN since 2011 but had been sidelined from reporting on college games for the past month due to being unvaccinated, had previously claimed she was advised by her doctors not to get the shot because she was trying to get pregnant, but that her request for an exemption based on medical reasons was denied by Disney, which owns ESPN.
That decision, she said, left her no choice but to quit.
"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. And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first," she said, per Awful Announcing.
"This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential to the effort to end this pandemic; however, taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest,” Williams went on. “After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love."
"I don’t know what the future holds, obviously, for any of us. I’m trying to wrap my head around the thought that the largest game I’ve worked in my career, the national championship game, might be the last game I work. But I’m going to focus on what I have to be thankful for," she said.
Watch William's full statement posted on Instagram: