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ESPN doesn’t punish anchor Jemele Hill after rant that Trump is ‘racist’ and ‘product of white supremacy’

September 13, 2017

On Tuesday, ESPN released a statement addressing SportsCenter host Jemele Hill’s Twitter rant in which she called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.”

Hill, in her Twitter rant, also said, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

ESPN said that it addressed the issue with Hill, who will not face any disciplinary actions for her tweets.

ESPN in August announced that Robert Lee, an Asian-American broadcast announcer, would not call the University of Virginia’s first football game in Charlottesville, Virgina, due to his name.

Charlottesville most recently became the center of national and global media attention following the violent and deadly white nationalist rally there earlier this month.


ESPN said it was a mutual decision with Lee, given the recent tragic events. ESPN faced a lot of criticism for its decision.

Following Hill’s tweets this week, ESPN had this response: “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” ESPN’s public relations department wrote on Twitter. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”


Hill wrote a series of tweets about President Trump on Monday.

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists,” Hill said. “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

“He has surrounded himself with white supremacists – no they are not ‘alt right’ – and you want me to believe he isn’t a white supremacist,” she responded to another Twitter user.

Hill additionally responded: “He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

Kathy Griffin and Colin Kaepernick tweeted on Tuesday in support of Hill’s tweets.

“We are with you,” Kaepernick wrote.



Kaepernick has been unable to make an NFL team, and some people attribute this to his controversial protests of the national anthem and racial injustices.

Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: “SHE IS CORRECT. EVERYONE KNOWS IT.”

Griffin has been vocal about her dislike of President Trump, and she even went so far as to post a video of herself “decapitating” the President, and holding a bloodied fake head. While she later removed the video and apologized, she also recently said she wish she was actually not sorry for it.

Hill’s tweets came around 8 p.m. Monday following a conversation with Twitter users over a tweet about Kid Rock, who is considering a run for U.S. Senate.


“He loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people,” Hill had tweeted.

ESPN has been criticized before for having a left-leaning narrative.

Curt Schilling was previously fired by ESPN after sharing an image on Facebook criticizing North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” regarding what bathrooms transgender individuals could use in public.

He tweeted Tuesday: “She [Hill] didn’t get fired ’cause Disney and ESPN are fine [with] liberal racism [versus] conservative logic. Only naysayers to that are liars.”


Britt McHenry, a former ESPN employee, criticized ESPN’s decision to not discipline Hill.


“If I said anything of equivalency to [former President] Obama, I would have been gone much sooner than I was,” she wrote.