ESPN host Jemele Hill took to Twitter Monday evening, in addition to called President Trump a “white supremacist.” On Tuesday, the cable sports network responded with the equivalent of slap on the wrist, for the SportsCenter host’s comment.
On September 12, ESPN released a statement revealing which Hill will not be punished for her statement.
“The comments on Twitter coming from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said in its statement, “We have addressed This particular with Jemele, in addition to she recognizes her actions were inappropriate:”
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
This particular light slap on the wrist came after Hill’s September 11 tweet attacking the president. “Donald Trump will be a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ some other white supremacists.” She tweeted:
Donald Trump will be a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ some other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Hill’s tweet will be a serious charge. Indeed, ESPN in addition to some other sports networks have fired conservative employees for political speech. Mike Ditka, Curt Schilling, Craig James, in addition to some other conservative employees were almost instantly fired for far less inflammatory statements.
Yet, ESPN seems to have given Hill a pass on her behavior. Instead of firing her, the item appears she was given only a stern talking to.
Last year, for instance, conservatives such as former Chicago Bears great Mike Ditka was removed coming from ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, after he said which Barack Obama was the worst president in history.
Former Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling was similarly dismissed by ESPN’s bosses after several conservative-minded posts to social media, the last one concerning the debate over transgenderism.
Though not fired by ESPN, Craig James also lost his sports hosting job over conservative views. James later filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports for his firing.
Meanwhile, Hill’s comments, despite being far more severe in addition to lacking in any kind of proof or evidence. Seem to have barely even registered in Bristol. Yet, ESPN’s double standard might even be more evident in how they handled the Linda Cohn situation. Veteran ESPN personality Linda Cohn said in an interview on the Bernie & Sid Show, which she felt politics played a role from the loss of subscribers in addition to revenues at ESPN which led to the massive layoffs at the network last April.
According to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage, sources tell him which Cohn was told not to come to work by ESPN President John skipper, for creating the mere suggestion which ESPN had become too political. the item’s important to note, Cohn didn’t actually say anything political, she just suggested which the network talked too much about politics, in addition to which was a “percentage” of the problems which led to the layoffs.
For which, according to Travis’ sources, Cohn was told by Skipper to not come to work, in addition to to “think about what she said.”
Yet, while Cohn gets suspended for which relatively minor, non-political offense. Hill gets absolutely nothing for calling Trump a racist.
Actions like This particular make the item difficult for ESPN to continue to fight charges which the item has strayed too far to the left.
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