Jemele Hill, the same ESPN anchor who last month called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” has repeated the same mistake by making the second social media guidelines violation. Following this, ESPN has suspended her from the job for next two weeks.
See what ESPN wrote about Jemele Hill via their twitter handle:
ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill on Monday as she did a second violation of social media guidelines through her tweet on Sunday night. The social media violation was in reference to her tweet about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ national anthem stance. Hill tweeted after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told players they’d be benched if they didn’t stand during the national anthem.
ESPN felt that such kind of tweets may reflect negativity for their network as the anchor is associated with them.
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“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,” Hill tweeted.
lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>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.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” she wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”
lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
She then followed these by a number of tweets concerning the same issue. Due to which, ESPN felt that Hill’s statements did “not represent the position” of the network and that it had “addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
However, this decision of the channel was highly criticised later by the fans. They all bashed out on the network via Twitter for doing so.
One said, “Hey @ESPN, suspending Jemele Hill is cowardly and disgusting. You punished a journalist for speaking truth to power?”, while another wrote, “I’m confused, because when Trump said to boycott NFL stuff, it was cool but when Jemele Hill said to do it, it wasn’t cool anymore. Weird”.