ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill for Two Weeks

Jemele Hill

So much for freedom of speech and your privilege as a media personality.

ESPN has suspended host Jemele Hill for two weeks for her “second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network has announced Monday (Oct. 9th).

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz cited Hill’s tweets suggesting fans boycott Dallas Cowboys as reason for suspension.

Hill suggested a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys and their sponsors after Jerry Jones’ controversial comments regarding players who protest the national anthem.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted.” Hill tweeted on Sunday. “If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”  She continued by saying, “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a boycott, but an unfair burden that has been placed on players in Dallas. By drawing a line in the sand, Jerry put his players under more scrutiny and threw them under the bus.” Hill also wrote, “If the rationale behind JJ’s stance is keeping the fanbase happy, make him see that he is underestimated how all of his fanbase feels.”

On Sunday, Jerry Jones told ESPN that he will bench any of his players who “disrespect the flag” by refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem. “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said. “Understand? We will not…if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play.  Period.”

Jemele’s suspension comes after “she previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with as impulsive tweet,” ESPN said in a statement. “In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how to individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”

The “impulsive tweet” ESPN is refereeing to was tweeted from Hill’s page a few weeks ago where she called out number 45 for being a white supremacist.


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