ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming).
"Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened", said Rob King, the senior vice president for news and information of SportsCenter.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders received an ethics complaint Thursday from an anti-Trump political action committee after she said ESPN host Jemele Hill's actions constituted a "fireable offense".
Sanders said that she was unaware if Trump had knowledge of Hill's comments.
ESPN has also said in a statement that the tweet crossed a line, though the network has not suspended her, which has irked conservatives and their media outlets.
Earlier in the week, Hill called the president a white supremacist and a bigot in a Twitter rant.More news: Russian Defense Ministry confident relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will be restored
ESPN presenter Jemele Hill at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? When her African-American co-host, Michael Smith, refused to do the show without her, and two other black hosts followed suit, the network gave in rather than using white hosts as substitutes.
First, she shared a picture of herself with members of the National Association of Black Journalists, including Eaves.
ESPN released a statement calling her comments "inappropriate".
Hill has continued to appear on her SC6 show with Michael Smith.
Following the outrage over her tweets, Hill made a decision to address the elephant in the room on Thursday and tweeted that she expressed her personal beliefs in the comments. "My respect for my company and my colleagues remains unconditional".
Sanders, clearly prepared for a question on Hill, turned the discussion to a larger target: ESPN itself. "We accept her apology".