Jemele Hill is in trouble again! This time the ESPN personality has been suspended for what the network is saying is a violation of ESPN’s social media guidelines. They must be new guidelines because the sports network did not suspend Hill when she tweeted that Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” Hill did apologize to the network for her impulsive comment.
No sir, it took Hill to go after Dallas Cowboys owner and NFL bigwig, Jerry Jones. Hill went to her Twitter account and posted, “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.” Her tweets were posted in response to Jones telling the media that any player(s) who “disrespect the flag” will not play for his team. His comments were in relation to the continuing growing protest by NFL players of the inequality and mistreatment of minorities. Jones did join in the protest by joining players on the field and locking arms prIor to the Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals game Monday Night Football. He felt he needed to join in taking a stand after comments by Trump telling the NFL to fire players for the protests. The Players and Jones took a knee prior the the National Anthem being played, but stood on the sidelines, arm in arm while the song was performed.
ESPN was swift in its reaction the Hill’s tweets saying that she had crossed the line, levying her with a 2-week suspension. ESPN acknowledged that the co-host of SportsCenter had acknowledged that her response to Trump and his comments regarding the NFL, et al were impulsive. The network reminded all its employees that although their social media accounts were private, not company oriented, their posts and tweets could reflect back to ESPN, ABC, and their corporate owners, The Walt Disney Company. Adding that, “…such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
Should be noted that Hill’s SportsCenter co-anchor, Michael Smith sat on Monday’s 6:00 PM, staging his own mini protest over Hill’s suspension.
Written by Rhonda
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