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.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
He has surrounded himself with white supremacists -- no they are not "alt right" -- and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
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.
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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