ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweets about National Football League player protests

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweets about National Football League player protests

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweets about National Football League player protests

ESPN announced Monday it had suspended Jemele Hill for two weeks after she violated the company's "social media guidelines" for a second time.

Hill graduated from Michigan State University and served as the grand marshall for MSU during its homecoming back in 2014.

Her tweets last month caught the attention of the White House and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Hill's tweets constituted a "fireable offense".

The tweet in question stems from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declaring on Sunday that he would not play any player who "disrespects the flag".

Sportscaster Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks by ESPN for what the network is calling a "violation of social media guidelines".

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Hill had previously called President Donald Trump a "bigot" and "a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists" on Twitter. Hill countered that this was an unfair burden to put on the players and if fans objected, they should act.

Hill would eventually express regret for her tweets about Trump. Change happens when advertisers are impacted.

Hill had previously run afoul of network executives in September after she tweeted President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist". In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences.

Hill did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her suspension.

"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", ESPN said. "My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional".

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