ESPN anchor suspended after encouraging Dallas Cowboys boycott on Twitter

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2017

After Hill's tweets about the president, ESPN released a statement that read: "The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN".

Hill graduated from Michigan State University and served as the grand marshall for MSU during its homecoming back in 2014.

Hill was responding to angry fans who were encouraging the Cowboys' star players to test Jones' resolve. She made the suggestion in response to Jones' threaten to bench any player who takes a knee during the national anthem. A franchise that's dearly important to the long-term success of ESPN, considering ESPN holds the rights to Monday Night Football, and the ratings for primetime games are always strongest when the Cowboys play.

Hill "previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet", ESPN said in a statement.

ESPN said in a statement Monday that Hill and all employees were reminded in the aftermath of the Trump tweet that posts that may reflect negatively on the company would have consequences. "Don't place the burden squarely on the players".

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"Change happens when advertisers are impacted", Hill tweeted.

The suspension comes weeks after Hill called Trump a "white supremacist" and "a bigot" in a series of tweets.

She later said, "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers".

Jemele previously felt ESPN's wrath after publicly calling out President Donald Trump.

ESPN columnist Jemele Hill attends ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Hill apologized to ESPN at the time for painting them in an "unfair light".

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