ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill received some criticism on social media this week due to critical comments regarding Donald Trump. Hill was engaged in a Twitter argument when she said Trump was unfit for the Oval Office, surrounding himself with white supremacists and other remarks.
After the comments came to light and began being spread, ESPN spoke out on the issue.
The WorldWide Leader issued a brief statement saying Hill’s political views do not represent the views of the network.
Many people in media came to the defense of Hill, who was simply giving her honest outlook on the Trump administration. While the trolls were there, the common stance seemed to be that no apology was necessary.
One of the people who came to Hill’s defense was NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knows a thing or two about backlash from political views.
Kaepernick shared a simple message on social media to show the ESPN anchor she had support.
We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017
Hopefully everyone at ESPN can put this behind them and move forward, while Hill continues to speak her mind and anchor the 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter. After all, this was all an overblown fuss that wasn’t necessary.
As long as an employee isn’t spewing hate or messages that are actually inappropriate on their personal account, there’s no need for a company to issue half-hearted statements in an attempt to save face.
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