ESPN host Jemele Hill penned a lengthy essay, published Wednesday by The Undefeated, about her experience in the national limelight after a tweet she posted accusing President Trump of being a white supremacist went viral.
Hill wrote about how apologetic she was in her meeting with ESPN President John Skipper, not realizing what her tweet meant for the company. She talked about sobbing before Skipper and being remorseful that one moment of anger turned into a national commentary on the political leanings of ESPN.
She was unapologetic, however, about her sentiment towards Trump.
“Warriors player Kevin Durant and I probably need to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter. Lesson learned,” Hill wrote in the essay. “Since my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded into a national story, the most difficult part for me has been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the company’s political leanings.”
But in regards to Trump, her stance hasn’t changed:
“I can’t pretend as if the tone and behavior of this presidential administration is normal. And I certainly can’t pretend that racism and white supremacy aren’t real and that marginalized people don’t feel threatened and vulnerable, myself included, on a daily basis.”
The essay included no apology, but said, “Twitter wasn’t the place to vent my frustrations because, fair or not, people can’t or won’t separate who I am on Twitter from the person who co-hosts the 6 p.m. SportsCenter.”
Hill tweeted this month that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
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