ESPN anchor Jemele Hill gained a cohort of protective fans in the past month or so after being attacked for tweets in which she called President Donald Trump a White supremacist.
Sis spoke facts but Trump loyalists were in a tizzy following the comments and began urging for the termination of the “SC6” co-host. The Trump administration even found time to call for the veteran journalist’s firing including tweets from the president himself.
Weeks after the controversy began to simmer, Hill found herself in hot water again. Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones demanded the team’s players stand for the national anthem or be benched as a consequence. Just a couple of weeks prior, Jones partook in a pseudo display of unity on Sept. 25 by kneeling alongside his players before the anthem to make a point to the president regarding freedom of speech.
Hours after Jones’ announcement was reported by news media, Hill called the NFL bigwig out for putting Black players in a difficult position. She then engaged in a hypothetical conversation with Twitter followers as to how NFL viewers could go about boycotting the Cowboys in the wake of Jones’ mandate. The following day, ESPN announced she’d be placed on a two-week suspension for a “second violation” of the network’s social media policy.
Just a couple of days before Hill’s return to work, TMZ caught up with her to gauge her thoughts on the suspension.
Hill told TMZ that although she’ll never “back down from what [she] said,” she did “put ESPN in a bad place.”
“I deserved a suspension,” Hill told the network in a video posted to the publication’s website on Saturday. “I violated the policy. Going forward we’ll be in a good, healthy place.”
“I don’t feel suppressed,” she continued. “I love ESPN as much as ever. I am okay. I feel good.”
Hill said she’s also thankful for the endless support she received from fans.