ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill for Second Violation of Social Media Guidelines


ESPN is suspending Jemele Hill after she has been outspoken about her political views for the second time on social media in recent weeks.

Hill graduated from Michigan State University and served as the grand marshall for MSU during its homecoming back in 2014.

In regards to her tweets about the president, Hill later tweeted "My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs". Hill suggested NFL fans boycott vendors and advertisers associated with the Dallas Cowboys after franchise owner Jerry Jones told players they'd be benched if they demonstrated during the national anthem.

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Hill posted on Twitter following the Cowboys news, saying: This play always work. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers.' She had a couple of other tweets that addressed the situation. 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 action would have consequences. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. "Hence this decision", the statement read.

The suspension comes weeks after Hill called Trump a "white supremacist" and "a bigot" in a series of tweets. Trump hates that, and even sent Vice President Mike Pence to Indianapolis on Sunday to walk out of a game in protest because some players didn't stand for the anthem.

Hill joined ESPN in 2006 as a national columnist and made television appearances on "SportsCenter", "First Take", "Around the Horn" and "Outside the Lines". "My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional".