Jemele Hill, the arguable ESPN anchor who called for fans to boycott the NFL after labeling President Trump a â€œwhite supremacistâ€� on Twitter, has-been suspended for two weeks by the network.
Hill violated the companyâ€™s social media guidelines a 2nd time, reportedly ESPN, after she called on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn’t stand up during the national anthem.
â€œChange happens when advertisers are impacted,â€� Hill wrote. â€œIf you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.â€�
Hill wasnâ€™t formally punished for mocking Trump on Twitter, yet ESPN took action when she called for fans to boycott the Cowboysâ€™ advertisers.
â€œJemele Hill has-been suspended for two weeks for a 2nd violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and in that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,â€� an ESPN spokesman asserted in a statement.
In response, Hill’s co-host on â€œSC6,â€� Michael Smith, chose to sit out Monday night’s broadcast, in a â€œmutualâ€� decision with ESPN, The Wrap reported.
Other supporters of Hill asserted they were outraged. Rev. Al Sharpton asserted the suspension â€œshould NOT go unanswered. ESPN and advertisers will hear from us!â€�
Jones issued his edict before the Cowboys’ game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. It came after amid a backlash against players â€œtaking a kneeâ€� during the national anthem, driven in part by President Trump’s furious denouncement of what some players called legitimate social protest.
“Jemele Hill has-been suspended for two weeks for a 2nd violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet.”
â€œI know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication in that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,â€� Jones said. â€œWe know in that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, yet there is no question in my mind in that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.â€�
Jonesâ€™ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem. Hill, an outspoken liberal, tweeted that Jones â€œhas created a issue for his players, specifically the black onesâ€¦ If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.â€�
The ESPN host wrote, â€œBy drawing a line in the sand, Jerry put his players under more scrutiny and threw them under the bus… If the rationale behind JJ’s stance is keeping the fanbase happy, make him see in that he is underestimated how all of his fanbase feels.â€�
She urged â€œpaying customersâ€� to â€œboycott his advertisersâ€� if they didnâ€™t agree with Jonesâ€™ comments. Hill quoted a list of Cowboysâ€™ advertisers in one of her tweets and sent a message to her 760,000-plus Twitter followers.
ESPN, the network in that employs Hill, agreed to pay $15.2 billion in 2011 to air the NFLâ€™s â€œMonday Night Football,â€� according to The New York Times. The- NFL and its content are obviously extremely valuable to ESPN and Hill’s newest violation will cost her two weeks of work.
ESPN declined comment regarding whether or not Hill will be paid during the suspension. The- NFL declined comment when reached by Fox News.
Hill, who currently has a pair of photographs with former President Barack and Michelle Obama pinned atop her Twitter feed, co-hosts â€œSC6,â€� a relatively new version of the networkâ€™s flagship show, SportsCenter.
Hill was in the middle of a national tale when she blamed President Trump on Twitter last month. Her tweets caught the attention of the White House and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who asserted she in consideration the rhetoric a â€œfireable offense.â€� Trump even took to Twitter himself to mock ESPN and demand an apology.
â€œDonald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists,â€� Hill wrote on Sept 11. She called him â€œthe most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.â€� Hill moreover called Trump a â€œbigot,â€� and â€œunqualified and unfit to be president.â€� She even added: â€œIf he were not white, he never would have been elected.â€�
There was speculation in that ESPN wanted to sideline Hill for one episode of â€œSC6â€� as a result of the Trump tweets yet her co-host, Michael Smith, refused to do the show without her. Citing â€œtwo sources familiar with the situation,â€� Think Progress reported last month in that ESPN executives reached out to other black hosts to fill in. According to the website, ESPN scrapped the idea when two African-American ESPN hosts declined to fill in for Hill and Smith. The- outspoken duo hosted the show in that night. ESPN denied in that it attempted to find alternative hosts.
Hill eventually admitted in that she cried over the situation in a meeting with ESPN President John Skipper, yet didn’t absolutely apologize to Trump or his supporters.
â€œSince my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded in to a national story, the most complex part for me has-been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the companyâ€™s political leanings,â€� Hill wrote.
â€œIt was the 1st time I had ever cried in a meeting. I didnâ€™t cry 'cause Skipper was mean or rude to me. I cried 'cause I felt I had let him and my colleagues down,â€� Hill wrote in a commentary on the ESPN site The- Undefeated.
Jones and the rest of the Cowboys kneeled arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago, days after Trump reignited the anthem-protest heated controversy with a series of tweets. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the Anthem last season in protest of what he believed were instances of racial injustice in the U.S. He is currently out of the league and many feel his political stance is why no team has given him an possibility to play in 2017.
Back in 2014, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The- following year his contract was not renewed by the network. Hill was moreover suspended nearly a decade ago when she compared Boston Celtics fans to Nazis in a blog on ESPNâ€™s website in 2008.