ESPN Distances Itself From Jemele Hill's "Trump Is a White Supremacist" Comments
The network released a statement saying it has spoken with the 'Sportscenter' host and found her comments "inappropriate."
ESPN announced it was not happy with Sportscenter host Jemele Hill's social media posts calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist" and a "bigot" Monday. The network issued a statement Tuesday that Hill's comments "do not represent the position of ESPN."
"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate," the statement continued.
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
Hill's comments on Trump stemmed from her response to an article on The Hill about Kid Rock's recent Facebook rant where he opposes being called a racist for his use of the Confederate flag. "He loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people," tweeted Hill along with the article which sparked responses and soon a Twitter conversation on politics.
"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," tweeted Hill. She also tweeted, "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn't, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
You yell about Benghazi but I bet you didn't care at all about him having to settle the largest racial housing discrimination case in NYC— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
No the media doesn't make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Hill addressed the situation Wednesday, tweeting, "My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional."
ESPN's statement comes after a Politico managing editor, Sudeep Reddy, recently said that they "discard" dozens of job applications and referrals after "inappropriate, partisan or puerile tweets," according to the Washington Post. " Reddy added, "We are deliberately nonpartisan in the kind of journalism that we pursue.”
ESPN has been in the hot seat for politics before. The Washington Post reported that after sports reporter Britt McHenry was laid off, she later suggested to Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis that being conservative played a role in her being booted from the network.
Sept. 13, 8:55 p.m.: Updated with Jemele Hill's response on Twitter