Win Butler may have won MVP at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Toronto on Friday night, but that didn’t prevent him from being silenced by ESPN reporter Sage Steele.
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) February 13, 2016
While interviewing Win Butler following the game, he began talking politics instead of sports–something that seriously goes against the grain of ESPN. Their motto–Stick to Sports–was fully respected by Sage Steele, as she pulled the mic away from the MVP.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 13, 2016
“I just wanted to say, it’s an election year in the U.S., the U.S. has a lot it can learn from Canada, (such as) health care, taking caring of people,” Win Butler began.
That’s when Steele put him in his place–swiftly, but politely, too.
“We’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics,” she told the Arcade Fire frontman.
Win Butler appeared a bit angry–and a little dejected, too. It seems he had something he wanted to say, and he fully expected he’d get to say it.
Sage Steele showed she was definitely the bigger person in this situation. She patted Win Butler on the shoulder before turning to leave him.
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) February 13, 2016
“Congratulations on your MVP,” she said.
What’s your take on Win Butler’s attempt to talk politics after being named MVP at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Toronto on Friday night? Was it a clear case of bringing up the wrong thing at the wrong time?
Was Sage Steele justified in silencing the MVP?