Jemele Hill Suspended From ESPN for Social Media Post

Jemele Hill and Michael Smith in Los Angeles on June 24, 2017  (Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)
Jemele Hill and Michael Smith in Los Angeles on June 24, 2017 (Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who once tweeted that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” (still looking for the lie), has been suspended for two weeks after violating what the sports station is calling “a second violation of social media guidelines.”

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After news broke that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be benching any player who didn’t stand for the national anthem, part of an ongoing protest against racial injustice and police brutality, Hill tweeted:

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This tweet apparently was considered a violation of some sort because ESPN wants its news anchors to act like white allies and not see color. I guess it didn’t matter to the brass at ESPN that Hill also tweeted this:

ESPN still decided to suspend the popular anchor, who is active on social media and often engages with her followers.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet.

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“In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences,” the statement continued. “Hence this decision.”

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DISCUSSION

Dear ESPN & White Racist Mutha Fuckers Who Voted For Trump:

Uh us black folks own TV’s & spend money too. In fact we have more disposable income than some of the white folks you so desperately keep sucking up too. So here is the deal, we gonna let you know real soon that we don’t like you fucking with one of ours the same way those pasty faced, pumpkin spice latte drinking assholes whined to you got it? Oh it’s on now. FREE JEMELE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Signed,

Black folks with more dollars than the white trash in Red States that live off my taxes.