ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill For Telling The Truth

By Kevin Bailey

ESPN has suspended sports anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks, claiming Hill violated the company’s social media policy. Hill suggested on Twitter that fans upset with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to bench any player who proteested during the national anthem should consider boycotting the team’s advertisers.

Last month, ESPN hypocritically warned Hill about her social media activity after she pointed out in a tweet that Donald Trump is likely a “white supremacist.” Trump and his rabid supporters were triggered into a blind fury by this, with demands that ESPN fire Hill being flung around the Twitterverse. Ultimately, that incident is more likely what this suspension is about than the two tweets in which Hill responds to Jerry Jones’s lunacy. Here are Jemele Hill’s tweets:

ESPN’s statement on the matter was released on Monday afternoon. It is a clinic on how to obfuscate, lie, and misdirect, in an attempt to mask the fact that they have caved to Trump and his racist followers. In it, ESPN claimed:

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”

Meanwhile, ESPN has refused to make the executives who made the decision to suspend Hill available for comment. While unsurprising, this is the ultimate in hypocritical, soulless, and spineless “leadership.” It is without question that ESPN has now made themselves over in the image of Trump.

Born and raised in Kansas, Kevin now lives in North Carolina, working at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte as an Academic Advisor. He has extensive experience as a writer, beginning with his work as an opinion columnist for his college newspaper, and extending through time working as the primary film critic for and its affiliated sites. He now serves as a film and television critic for EatPrayVote, and dabbles in writing about politics for EPV as well.

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