SportsCenter Anchor Jemele Hill Calls President a White Supremicist

Clyde Nash
September 14, 2017

"That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make", Sanders said.

- Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.

ESPN commentator Jemele Hill called the president a white supremacist the other day.

Hill made the remarks in late July on Twitter again, echoing comments made by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Can't call the President a White Supremacist.

Hill's comments drew pushback from some social media users and were met with a rebuttal from her own network.

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Kaepernick made national headlines last NFL season by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality in America.

Many are calling ESPN hypocritical for not firing Jemele Hill after they did fire Curt Schilling.

I hope to see all the free speech supporters stand with Hill, even if they disagree with her.

Hill has received support for expressing her opinions, but the 41-year-old has also been the subject of criticism.

The anchor was promptly denounced by ESPN, which put out a statement saying, "The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN". "If there's ever a moment where we feel somebody's broken the law", she said, "particularly if they're the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that's certainly something that should be looked at".

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An ESPN spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Sanders calling for Hill to be fired.

Other ESPN personalities have been suspended or fired for far less.

However, there is a simple reason Hill was not let go and Schilling was and it only marginally has to do with politics.

Some of the backlash from the right can be traced to the 2015 Espys, when ESPN gave its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner. The Washington Post reported that after sports reporter Britt McHenry was laid off, she later suggested to Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis that being conservative played a role in being booted from the network.

"It's a sign of the times", former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson told The New York Times.

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