ESPN’s Jemele Hill to Leave SportsCenter, Join The Undefeated

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill onstage during the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Jan. 15, 2018 (Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NAACP)

Jemele Hill is switching gears in her career, leaving her position as anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter to join the staff of The Undefeated, an ESPN-owned website that focuses on the intersection of sports, race and culture, as well as take on additional assignments.

As Sports Illustrated notes, the move comes after Hill sparked national conversation through a string of tweets, including one in which she rightly called President Donald Trump a white supremacist.


From there, freedom of the press be damned, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill’s tweets a “fireable offense” and “outrageous.”

Hill was suspended for two weeks amid the fallout, with ESPN releasing a statement saying that HIll’s comments “do not represent the position” of the company—because God forbid you denounce someone who has already shown the whole, entire world his hand.

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