ESPN Apologizes After Host Jemele Hill Calls Donald Trump a White Supremacist

Tom Roddy

ESPN has issued an apology after one of its hosts, Jemele Hill, described President Trump as a “white supremacist” on social media.

Hill, a co-host on the network's SportsCenter, was involved in an exchange on Twitter on Monday in which she labeled Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists.”

ESPN was quick to distance itself from Hill’s words, releasing a statement on Tuesday saying the tweets “do not represent the position” of the network. It said Hill had been spoken to and claimed that she “recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

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ESPN released a statement on Tuesday from its public relations Twitter account that condemned the words of Hill.

 

 

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Hill has received plenty of support on the social media website, however. Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who was the first athlete to take a knee during the American national anthem to protest police violence against black people, posted a message backing Hill.

Jemele Hill

ESPN presenter Jemele Hill at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater, New York City, September 29, 2016. D Dipasupil/Getty

Former basketballer Reggie Miller, who played for the Indiana Pacers for 18 years, also supported Hill on Twitter, writing: “I’m on Team @jemelehill…”

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