WCVB-Jemele Hill, the ESPN personality who caused a backlash against the network with inflammatory tweets about President Trump last month, has been suspended two weeks for what the all-sports (or so they claim) channel called “second violation of our social media guidelines.”
Just so we're clear: I'm not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
After Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said players who kneel during the national anthem would be benched — responding to the rash of NFL protests — the “SportsCenter” host went on a Twitter rant and seemed to call for action: “This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about Jerry Jones’ statement, boycott his advertisers.”
It was part of a series of tweets, which included her saying the “Cowboys have a huge national following. Lot of black & brown folks are Cowboys fans. What if they turned their backs on them?”
Hill clarified her stance after calling Trump a “white supremacist” in a tweet last month. That led to a harsh backlash against the network and a suggestion from the White House that it was a fireable offense, but ESPN took no action and said Hill apologized.
Sunday’s tweets apparently went too far. ESPN released the following statement:
ESPN's Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
Remember the good old days when you turned on TV and watched sports to get away from the real world? Those days are gone. I get the whole “it’s America, blah blah blah” thing, but truth is, this is getting way out of control. No one wants to hear what you have to say politically. You’re not going to change anyone’s mind. As much as you think you’re making an impact by sending off a series of tweets, you’re not really accomplishing anything but alienating half your audience. Thus why Jemele was suspended. Jemele’s kicking and screaming would have been so much louder if they fired her, because that’s really her goal. Her mission is to create outrage. It’s obvious. Freedom of speech doesn’t protect you from being fired by your job because you can’t follow policies. I can’t call my boss a jackass and expect to keep my job. I used to hate my athletes because they crushed my hopes and dreams, now I hate people because of their political stances and views. Kinda weird how that has changed things but here we are