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Sage Steele arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

ESPN's Sage Steele faces backlash for complaining about airport immigration protesters


ESPN host Sage Steele is facing backlash for taking to social media to vent about missing her flight because of airport immigration protesters. 

Steele posted an Instagram photo of people protesting President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations. 

In the caption, she said those protesters outside of Los Angeles International Airport prevented her and other passengers from reaching the airport on time. 

"So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights," Steele wrote in the caption of her post. 

The ESPN host noted that the delay simply meant she would have to wait seven hours for the next flight to Houston, but for others, that wasn't the case. "My heart sank for the elderly and parents with small children who did their best to walk all that way but had no chance of making their flights," she wrote.

Long-time Sports Illustrated writer Michael Silver fired back at her, tweeting, "Sometimes standing up for what's right provokes inconvenience and all..."

To that, Steele responded, "all good...not the first time we disagree! :) but the crazy thing is, we can talk about it like adults & agree to disagree!"

SportsNet New York anchor Taylor Rooks also took aim at Steele's post saying, "hey Sage..w/ all due respect..what types of protest do you prefer? The 'disruption' is the point of protest."

Steele responded by saying, "has nothing to do w what I "prefer". Comical to see the process used to determine when it's "ok" to disrupt. It wasn't..."

This isn't the first time Steele has caused an uproar on social media. 

According to Philly.com, last November she criticized Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans for protesting the national anthem. 

Steele later explained her opinion of the national anthem protests in a Facebook post. “Instead of praising or uplifting each other, way too many people of color choose to tear down, mock and spew hatred at other blacks who feel differently, think differently, or make decisions that are different from theirs,” Steele wrote. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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