Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks after a second violation of ESPN’s social media guidelines. Hill was in the news a month back after she called President Donald Trump a “White Supremacist”. The White House responded by calling for the network to fire her. They obviously did not.
The suspension was announced in the following statement from ESPN:
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
The network did not specify what the violation was, and Hill has not tweeted since early Monday morning. It’s possible that the tweet that got her in trouble involved her suggestion that fans should boycott the Dallas Cowboys advertisers if they are upset with Jerry Jones telling his players to stand for the national anthem or be benched.
She had written:
“This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”
She later tweeted out:
Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Hill, the co-host of SC6, had a sit-down meeting last month where she apologized for the forum — but not the message she had said about Trump.
ESPN is known for keeping a tight rein on their employees social media comments, with several reporters having been suspended in the past, including Bill Simmons multiple times. Hill has not yet commented on the suspension.