After calling President Trump a “white supremacist” and a “bigot” on Twitter, ESPN anchor Jemele Hill is now trying to shield her employer from her own racial bias.
In a statement posted to Twitter early Thursday, the “SportsCenter” anchor made it clear that the comments “expressed her personal belief” about the president.
“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal belief,” Hill wrote. “My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for my company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”
Hill posted several tweets on Monday saying that Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency was a direct result of white supremacy in America.
“Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period,” Hill wrote. “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”
In a statement released on Monday, ESPN called Hill’s Twitter tirade “inappropriate,” but said nothing about what kind of disciplinary action they may take.
According to ESPN:
The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to Hill’s attacks at a press briefing Wednesday, stating that Hill should be fired from the network. “That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders stated, noting that we need to focus more on “actually working together than on outrageous statements like that one.”
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017
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