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.”
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:
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.
“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.”