Having issues with the way Donald Trump is conducting himself in the first year of his presidency doesn’t necessarily constitute a “hot take” at this point. The criticism is widespread and well-deserved.
But ESPN feels that its 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill went too far, and poorly represented the company.
On Tuesday, they issued a formal statement regarding the comments Hill made about Trump on Twitter.
The comments came as part of a larger Twitter battle that got a little too heated for ESPN’s taste. For the record, don’t bother checking the comments sections for all of these tweets, they are exactly what you think they’re going to be.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports issued the following statement:
This amounts to little more than a public slap on the wrist for Hill. It appears that the network at least mostly agrees with her statements, but felt they are a little too political for what is supposed to be a sports network. Hill has not issued an apology for her comments personally, nor should you expect her to do so. Freedom of speech and all that.
While the Michael Jordan axiom “White supremacist watch sports too” forced ESPN to address the issue, if it were really a problem, they’d have fired her.
Hill will be anchoring the six o’clock hour of ESPN as scheduled.
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