ESPN’s Cari Champion is not afraid to show support for her colleague, Jemele Hill, who was once again disciplined by the Worldwide Leader in Sports for violating the company’s “social media policy.”
Hill, who was previously reprimanded by the network for calling Donald Trump a white supremacist, has been suspended for two weeks after her latest Twitter messages indicated fans should boycott NFL sponsors if they really want their voices to be heard.
Unfortunately for Hill, ESPN and the NFL have a close relationship and share many of the same advertisers, so punishment was handed down this week.
On Tuesday morning, Champion used her own Twitter account to blast ESPN’s decision as “not normal” and “not okay.”
Champion’s comments are not much of a surprise.
Many in the media have been coming to Hill’s defense since her first social media controversy and they continue to stand by her.
After news of her suspension surfaced on Monday, Hill’s co-host for SportsCenter, Michael Smith, decided to sit out for the day’s episode. Later in the day, another ESPN colleague, Lindsey Czarniak, also sounded off on the suspension.
It looks like Hill’s fellow ESPN hosts aren’t afraid of the network silencing them and their support. Because if ESPN does, there will be even more outrage for their ridiculous treatment and suspensions of their employees for expressing harmless views on their personal social media accounts.
You know things are a bit absurd when a sports network is holding employees to higher standards than the president is held to.