ESPN Distances Itself From Jemele Hill's "Trump Is a White Supremacist" Comments

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In neither apologizing nor announcing a suspension - while simultaneously distancing itself - ESPN has managed to enrage just about everyone who has seen the "SportsCenter" anchor's Tuesday night rant about President Trump.

Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of "SportsCenter", also added that "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".

Hill, who is African American, asserted that Trump's administration was uniquely risky for people of color and that his "rise is a direct result of white supremacy".

Other ESPN hosts and personalities have addressed politics and race in recent weeks, including after the deadly attack and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

She concluded saying President Trump is, "committed to working with [prominent African Americans] to bring the country together".

"That's where we need to be focused", she said at the time.

If Hill does not heed the warning from ESPN, presumably she will suffer the same fate as Schilling. The network even saw political backlash earlier this year when it laid off dozens of employees, including former reporter Britt McHenry, who suggested her conservative politics played into why she was targeted.

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Did ESPN handle the Jemele Hill situation properly?

Previous incidents have been handled much differently at ESPN and Hill was suspended almost a decade ago when she compared Boston Celtics fans to Nazis in a blog on ESPN's website in 2008.

But don't take my word for it: Here's ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady on what the feeling is internally at ESPN in 2017.

As you may have heard, ratings are noticeably down at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Perhaps she can find work over at MSNBC or the view where her racism and liberal ideology will go unnoticed, but also unpenalized.

Hill was previously suspended for one week by ESPN during the 2008 NBA Playoffs after making comments about Adolf Hitler in an article about the Boston Celtics. "It's like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan".

Hill, a Michigan State alum and former Detroit Free Press sportswriter, now is a co-anchor on the 6 p.m. "SportsCenter", along with Michael Smith. Detractors, though, want her fired.

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