ESPN anchor's comment Is a 'fireable offense,' White House press secretary says

Jerome Frank
September 14, 2017

The network has distanced itself from Hill's comments, drawing criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

She was wrong to call President Donald Trump a "white supremacist".

Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening's "SportsCenter" broadcast as usual.

"If the president was so clear in what he said", in denouncing white supremacist groups, Nakamura continued, "why do you think influential African-American figures are saying things like this?" "But hey, that's just me", she wrote.

ESPN rising star Pablo Torre retweeted himself from shortly after Trump was elected: "The difference between being a white supremacist and permitting white supremacy might exist".

Hill's critics wondered why ESPN didn't fire her like it did previous year after baseball analyst and former All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling made derogatory comments about transgender people on Facebook.

She also wrote: "He is unqualified and unfit to be president". He is not a leader.

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When the White House starts calling for your job I don't know if ESPN has the heart to stand behind her.

Now I'm not saying Hill deserves to be fired or to have any sort of discipline brought down upon her. On Sept. 12, ESPN released a statement on the matter.

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill is the latest on-air personality at the network to be embroiled in controversy thanks to social media commentary that went beyond sports.

Hill's comments on Trump stemmed from her response to an article on The Hill about Kid Rock's recent Facebook rant where he opposes being called a racist for his use of the Confederate flag. She might soon get a reminder if she doesn't realize ESPN is a sports network, not a political network.

Schilling had been suspended prior to his firing for other social media posts, including a tweet comparing ISIS and Nazi Germany. "[ESPN President] John Skipper has certainly made diversity in his view a business innovation for ESPN and has moved the company to the left".

"It's a sign of the times", former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson told The New York Times. "I think that's where we need to be focused - not on outrageous statements like that one".

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