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ESPN Commentator Jemele Hill’s Comments on Twitter a “Fireable Offense”

ESPN has stated that Hill’s comments do not represent the network’s political position

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Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s “Sports Center” program, tweeted on Monday that President Trump is a white supremacist. He added, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, states that the comments on Twitter were “a fireable offense.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone can make,” Sanders said during a press briefing on Wednesday, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”

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Tuesday afternoon, ESPN made a public statement, saying that Hill’s comments “do not represent the position of ESPN.” They continued, “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Hill took her usual place on “Sports Center” Wednesday evening. She did not comment on her tweets, but later that night, she posted a message on Twitter:

“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light.”

ESPN has recently been criticized by conservatives for “liberal editorializing,” sparking a political clash. In May, the company laid off around 100 employees. Several conservative commentators claimed that ESPN’s financial position was “declining because it had adopted a liberal slant.”

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