A host of ESPN's flagship SportsCenter, Jemele Hill gets suspended with the charge of violating the social media guidelines of the network on Monday, the 9th October.
ESPN announced that they suspended the SportsCenter co-host, Hill for two weeks on Monday afternoon. ESPN released a statement where it mentioned that Hill had let her colleagues and company down with her tweets.
Thence, Hill will not be a part of the network for next two weeks for once again running afoul of the company's social media policy.
The network also told CNN that Hill's co-host Michael Smith would not appear on Monday night's broadcast, but Matt Barrie would indeed take his place. Furthermore, the statement mentioned that Smith would be back for Tuesday's broadcast.
All these things arouse as Hill took to social media to comment on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' post about the NFL player protests that took place during the national anthem.
Jones said that he would bench any players who "disrespect the flag," while Hill suggested that fans who are in disagreement with Jones' stance should boycott the Dallas advertisers.
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
In a matter of clarifying her previous words, Hill then said that Jerry Jones has himself created problems for his players.
"Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don't kneel, some will see them as sellouts."
She further tweeted not to place the burden on the players.
If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Following her previous tweet, she shared another tweet saying that she was not advocating an NFL boycott.
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
And a few minutes later, she came up with another tweet that said,
If fans really are that upset about what JJ & Stephen Ross have done, don't call the players sellouts, but you're watching every Sunday.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
The US President Donald Trump also commented on Jones' statement to appreciate his idea of benching the disrespectful players.
A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Hill's suspension indeed comes weeks after she called President Trump a "white supremacist" on the Twitter following which White House even demanded ESPN, to get her fired.
The incident was later warded off and The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it one of the most outrageous comments and termed it a fireable offense during a press briefing.
"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional."
The host of ESPN, Hill, who earns a salary of approximately $1 million, has invited controversies with her tweets back to back in these two months.
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