On Sept. 11, Jemele Hill tweeted that President Donald Trump is a white supremacist after a woman died during a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. Her employer, ESPN, received significant criticism for her remarks and pushed Hill to apologize.
Instead, Hill issued a statement that said she was sorry for portraying ESPN in a bad light, but it was not an apology for name-calling. For that comment, ESPN said that her remarks “crossed the line,” but the network accepted her apology anyway.
Fast forward to this weekend: NFL owner Jerry Jones made a statement on recent protests taking place during the playing of the U.S. national anthem and said he would bench any of his players who would disrespect the American flag and anthem. Hill took issue with Jones’ statement and tweeted that people ought to boycott advertisers for Jones’ team, the Dallas Cowboys.
However, ESPN issued a statement criticizing her out-of-line comments and announcing she has been suspended for two weeks:
ESPN’s Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
Considering ESPN has a contract with the NFL and her suggestion to boycott advertisers could jeopardize ESPN’s relationship with the league, the suspension appears to be a proper course of action.