Former ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams has resurfaced on the conservative news website, Daily Wire, after leaving the sports cable giant in a dispute over its vaccine mandate.
Williams, 37, will host a sports-related show for the site, which was founded by pundit Ben Shapiro in 2015.
A promotional pop-up described the series as “sports without the woke.” Another slogan bragged that “Allison Williams Did Not Comply,” with the word “not” shown in an ESPN-style font.
Williams became a cause célèbre for those who oppose vaccine mandates this year when she publicly defied Walt Disney Co., ESPN’s parent company that requires all non-union employees to get the COVID-19 injection. On Friday, Williams released her own statement on the Daily Wire, saying she is “proud to be a part of a company that fights for our rights.”
Adding, “I cannot wait to bring agenda-free sports reporting to the Daily Wire’s members and millions of followers.”
Shapiro voiced his own support for the move by tweeting the hashtag: “#StandWithAllison.”
As she previously explained, Williams had refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine because she and her husband are trying to have a second child and she was concerned about any potential side effects.
Williams, who began at the network in 2011, typically works college football and basketball games, but was absent in the opening week of the ongoing football season and later revealed why in a statement.
“While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother,” she wrote in a statement. “Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child. This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly.”
According to CDC guidelines, the vaccines have been approved for anyone over the age of 12, including pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding newborn children.
Earlier this month, Williams announced she would be leaving the company because her request for an accommodation had been rejected.
“Ultimately, I can not put a paycheck over principal and I will not sacrifice something I believe in strongly to maintain a career,” an emotional Williams said in an Instagram video.
“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,” Williams said.
“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 those same values and principals I hold so dear are what made me a really good employee and probably helped with the success that I’ve been able to have in my career.”
In a statement, a spokesman for ESPN declined to address her case specifically, but told DailyMail.com that the network is ‘going through a thorough review of accommodation requests on a case by case basis.’
“Our focus is on a safe work environment for everyone,” read the statement.