ESPN won’t punish employee who went ballistic on ‘white supremacist’ Trump
ESPN host Jemele Hill (Photo: YouTube screenshot)
ESPN terminated a baseball legend for his conservatives views in 2016, but now the sports channel apparently will not punish a Trump-hating host who fired off a tweet storm calling the president a bigot and white supremacist.
ESPN SportCenter host Jemele Hill, a fan of former President Obama, unleashed a brutal series of anti-Trump tweets on Sept. 11.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” Hill charged.
She added: “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
That was just the beginning. Hill claimed President Trump has “empowered white supremacists,” such as those involved in a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally that turned violent in August.
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“[Trump] is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
“Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself.”
The sports channel simply released the following statement Tuesday: “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Hill apparently was invited to the White House and photographed with President Obama and first lady Michelle in 2015 and 2016. She posted the following photo to Twitter:
Jamele Hill at the White House with the Obamas (Photo: Twitter)
A Twitter fan asked Hill, “What [did] Barack smell like?!?”
Hill replied, “Black dreams and excellence.”
Hill was also selected by ABC News to moderate a July 2016 town hall on race with President Obama.
In July, Hill made headlines when she compared police to “slave patrols” that used violence on plantations to impose discipline on black slaves before the Civil War.
While many Twitter users and ESPN fans support Hill’s right to speak freely and share her anti-Trump views, others accused ESPN of having double standards when it comes to employees expressing their political views:
“So Curt Schilling gets fired and she doesn’t?” – IrritatedWoman
“Had somebody said that about Obama, you would’ve fired them … #FireJemele.” – #7isHere
“Explain why Curt Schilling @gehrig38 was let go then? Far more talented than @jemelehill, who I can’t figure out how she has that job.” – Joe Alexander
“Curt Schilling, call your office …” – Mattphilbin
“She should be terminated @ESPN. Is [there] a double standard? A white male is fired but a black female is not?” – John McKenna
“Pretty sure they align with ESPN views: 1) she’s still employed. 2) the tweets haven’t been deleted. 3) curt schilling fired for much less.” – Bama Breeze
“Say something politically conservative, ESPN fires (Schilling) or demotes (Mike Ditka). You say something liberal and untrue, they ‘address’ it.
In April 2016, ESPN wasn’t so forgiving when former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling merely shared the following Facebook post concerning the transgender bathroom issue in the news headlines at the time.
While Schilling hadn’t actually posted the meme to Facebook, the left went into full-blown attack mode. At the time, Schilling explained: “This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”
He continued: “You frauds out there ranting and screaming about my ‘opinions’ (even if it isn’t) and comments are screaming for ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’ while you refuse to do and be either.”
WND requested comment from Schilling asking whether he believes ESPN has double standards when it comes to political viewpoints of its employees and contributors. But WND’s message hadn’t been returned at the time of this report.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling
Also in 2016, ESPN removed former NFL coach Mike Ditka from its “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Ditka, who had supported Trump for president and endorsed him in 2015, had given several pro-Trump interviews at the time. It’s unclear whether ESPN’s decision had anything to do with Ditka’s political leanings.