Jemele Hill on ESPN Suspension: ‘I Put ESPN in a Bad Spot’

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Jemele Hill doesn’t have any hard feelings toward ESPN after the company gave her a two-week suspension for violating its social media rules.


In an interview with TMZ while walking through Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday, Hill spoke candidly about the suspension over her Jerry Jones tweets.

“Me and ESPN are fine. We’re in a good place and I’m happy to be back at the network,” she said.


Hill was asked if she thought the suspension and fair, and she sided with the company’s policy, even though many people feel that she was suspended in retaliation over her anti-Trump tweets from the previous week. Her response:

So, here’s how this works: It doesn’t really matter what I think. It matters to people, but here’s the reality: ESPN acted on what they felt was right, and, you know, I don’t have any argument or quibble with that. I would tell people, absolutely, after my Donald Trump tweets, I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. Like, absolutely. I violated the policy; I deserved that suspension.

The only thing I’ll ever apologize for is, I put ESPN in a bad spot. I’ll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot, that’s the truth of it. I regret the position I put them in. I regret, a lot of the people I work with, the position we put our show in. I’ll never take back what I said.

Hill will return to SC6 with co-host Michael Smith on Monday.

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ESPN - where white people are far more concerned with appeasing racists than standing for whats right.

Cowards and racists.