ESPN has distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”
A statement from ESPN’s communications department has been described by political pundits as an equivalent to a full apology to Trump by ESPN for their reporter calling Trump a bigot. ESPN publicly scolded their reporter Jemele Hill, writing that her comments were “inappropriate.”
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department’s account.
On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”
ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on air on Tuesday evening’s broadcast as usual although pundits say she could get fired or suspended should ESPN cave in to pressure from the alt-right.
While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”
Hours after the “apology”, ESPN is now walking a tight rope between Trump supporters and the liberals who say that Jemele Hill was right in her opinion especially following Trump’s behaviour and comments after the violent Charlottesville riots.
Many ESPN viewers have taken to social media to show support to Jemele Hill and put to task ESPN for its comments and “apology”.
Fox News meanwhile has blasted ESPN over the incident, going further and saying that the “apology” wasn’t enough and Jemele Hill should have been fired.
Fox Sports also mocked ESPN for caving in to “liberal pressure” and then went further to blast the Sports media giant, saying it was slowly becoming irrelevant with their numbers and ratings going down.