Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweets about National Football League player protests

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweets about National Football League player protests

"Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN", the network said.

ESPN is suspending Jemele Hill after she has been outspoken about her political views for the second time on social media in recent weeks.

ESPN's statement called Hill's previous tweet, presumably about Trump, "impulsive" and said her subsequent apology for it acknowledged she was "letting her colleagues and the company down".

"In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences", the statement continued.

The tweet was in response to Jones saying his players would respect the flag, and if they didn't, they wouldn't play.

Hill tweeted Sunday that fans who disagree with Jones should boycott the team's advertisers and not buy the team's merchandise. "Don't place the burden squarely on the players". Change happens when advertisers are impacted.

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The headline-generating punishment has already sparked some serious Twitter backlash. Hill was not suspended. Now if you don't think theres a war on African Americans in this country.

October 9, 2017Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys?

- Derrick Clifton (@DerrickClifton) October 9, 2017@espn is doing @jemelehill dirty just like @nfl is Blackballing Kap.

Her tweets last month caught the attention of the White House and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Hill's tweets constituted a "fireable offense".

Hill had previously run afoul of network executives in September after she tweeted President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist".

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