ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for anthem tweets


ESPN has suspended host Jemele Hill for two weeks due to "a second violation of our social media guidelines", the network announced Monday afternoon.

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media.

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".

ESPN did not specify what specifically caused the ban, however, Sunday night Hill tweeted multiple times about and was critical of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanting to bench players who won't stand during the national anthem. "If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers".

"Just so we're clear: I'm not advocating a National Football League boycott", Hill tweeted.

Hill previously got in trouble with ESPN last month when she tweeted that President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist".

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Hill did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her suspension.

ESPN told CNBC Hill was suspended not because of a single tweet, but because of series of tweets that "brought the company into a conversation it didn't belong in".

Hill, an African American woman, followed up with this: "His rise is a direct result of white supremacy".

Jemele Hill has been suspended by ESPN again.

This post was previously published on The Hollywood Reporter. "My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light".

There's been a substantial backlash to the backlash, with Hill's supporters saying she described Trump accurately in the original tweetstorm, and should not be reprimanded for having done so.