ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over Social Media Activity

Oct 10, 2017, 00:26
ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over Social Media Activity

"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines", the network said.

ESPN is suspending host Jemele Hill for two weeks after she took to Twitter this morning to go after the Dallas Cowboys.

The tweet in question stems from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declaring on Sunday that he would not play any player who "disrespects the flag".

"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists", Hill tweeted. A franchise that's dearly important to the long-term success of ESPN, considering ESPN holds the rights to Monday Night Football, and the ratings for primetime games are always strongest when the Cowboys play. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. Her original tweet quoted another Twitter user encouraging fans to write to advertisers' corporate offices and post on their social-media pages. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy.

The company, which tries to stay politically neutral, explained that on the heels of Hill's Trump tweets, this has been her second violation of ESPN's social media policy.

The network alluded to disciplinary action, but did not provide any details. A source close to the situation characterized the decision for Smith to sit out the telecast as a mutual one made by him and ESPN. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the remarks "a fireable offense" days later during a press briefing.

There's been a substantial backlash to the backlash, with Hill's supporters saying she described Trump accurately in the original tweetstorm, and should not be reprimanded for having done so.

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