Trump-hating ESPN host suspended over tweets

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ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks after a second violation of the network’s social media guidelines. Hill, who called President Donald J. Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter last month, took to the same social media platform to call for a boycott against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hill’s call came after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told players they would stand for the anthem, or they would be benched.

“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones said. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”

In response, Hill went to social media. In a series of Sunday tweets (see below), Hill denounces Jones’ position.

Hill wrote: “Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts. If the rationale behind JJ’s stance is keeping the fanbase happy, make him see that he is underestimated how all of his fanbase feels.”

“Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys?” Hill continued. “You can watch and do that, right? This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers. If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”

Then, Monday morning, she sent another tweet that read: “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”

Following her Twitter tirade, ESPN announced that Hill had been suspended in a tweet of their own.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement attached to the tweet.

ESPN declined to comment regarding whether Hill will be paid during the suspension.

Hill drew an angry response in September, when she expressed her “personal belief” in a series of tweets (see below) aimed at denigrating the president of the United States. Her tweets insinuated President Donald J. Trump’s rise to the presidency was a 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.”

“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal belief,” Hill wrote at the time. “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.”

ESPN called Hill’s Twitter tirade “inappropriate,” but did not take disciplinary action. Instead, they released a statement in which they said 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.”

Hill then penned a lengthy essay, in which she discussed her experience in the national limelight after the tweets about President Trump being a white supremacist went viral.

She said she was apologetic in her meeting with ESPN President John Skipper. She was unapologetic, however, about her sentiment towards Trump.

“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.”

Hill’s tirade against the president:

 Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.

 

 

Hill’s tirade against Jerry Jones:

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