UPDATE: President Donald Trump is calling on ESPN to apologize for sports news anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets days after the incident.

ESPN’s SC6 anchor Jemele Hill has responded to the firestorm over her controversial Trump tweet, where she said Trump was a “white supremacist surrounded by white supremacists.” The White House said when asked about the tweet in a press conference that they considered Hill’s ‘comments a ‘fireable offense.” Hill finally responded to the controversy via Twitter:

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department’s account. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Hill, an African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”

Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening’s “SportsCenter” broadcast as usual.

While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”

Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, received plenty of criticism — and support — after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality.

Three weeks ago, ESPN said it pulled broadcaster Robert Lee, who is Asian-American, from the Virginia football season opener because of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence erupted at a rally to protest the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

(Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

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66 thoughts on “ESPN’s Jemele Hill Responds To Trump Tweet Controversy

  1. People like Jemele in the public eye have a tough time when they make personal comments, no matter how true or untrue. Even attempts to be humorous or get people thinking are jumped on by everybody, and nervous corporate sponsors threaten to pull advertising, which is the lifeblood of the media. No one wins with racism: there are a lot of good people and bad people in all races, religions, nations, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and sports teams!!!! Sometimes I think the ruling-class folks want us po’ folks to hate each other and argue and fight with each other over race, religion, sex, abortion, guns, and other “social issue” which the rich folks could care less about. When we fight each other, we forget how we’ve all been “sucka-ed” all these years by the politicians and corporations and Congress. The rich folks care about one thing: money. And, my friends, THE MONEY’S GONE!!!!!!

    • No Dear White People most of you all are racist fools but what you all can’t take is when we stand up to you all we are not our parent’s are Grand parent’s we are going to say what’s on our mind and we will fight back.

  2. She should keep her words to her self not ever one cares what she has to say–Not every one has the backing and the money from a big shot TV show ESPN. I do not watch and will not watch-She sounds like a fool –How does she know so much about Pres. Trump. “She does not know’. .

    • You would know about trump if you would open up your eyes and ears. Trump is running this country into the ground with his hateful speech and his racism. The worst president in the world no one likes him.

  3. Reginald Upchurch on said:

    Glad we got somebody speaking for us and not letting these damn white supremacists trash get away with nothing. Trump’s a fucking clown, a bigot racist and piece of shit.Stop protecting these white supremacists and be honest.

  4. D1"The Original" on said:

    Jemele Hill is my female HERO and Colin Kaepernick is my male HERO!! We need more great leaders like this to standup, it’s AWESOME!!!! Keep the MOVEMENT alive!

  5. Honestly on said:

    The Nubian Queen Jemele told the truth about that lying and lawless cave n!@@er trump. These same mayonnaise monkeys wailed infinitum about Reverend Wright when he spoke truth. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  6. Because of Black History, jhuf; that is how she know. And you jhuf need to just go away and take that larry person with you. You both are just trouble makers. You are not on this site because because you care about black people. You are on this site to stirrt up @#$%.

  7. Tunisia Morse on said:

    This jhuf person is a shit starter…the type of person that hides behind a mask and probably date outside their race especially an athlete they are irrelevant. I’m proud of Ms Hill, Kaepernick and anyone who’s not scared to speak out. We have to support these people. Shame on Ray Lewis, Jim Brown, and the NFL..

  8. Jacqueline Banks on said:

    JUS KEEP IT REAL AMERICA… SHE DIDNT LIE … TRUTH , TRUTH, TRUTH IS WHAT SHE SPOKE…. SOMETHING 45 KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT … SO STOP COVERING FOR 45 LIES , LIES, LIES … HE CAN SAY ALL THE LIES HE WANTS AND NOBODY HAD FIRED HIM … WAKE UP AMERICA, WHATS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER DOESNT APPLY HERE CUZ SHE TOLD THE T R U T H…. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!! STOP LYING AND COVERING FOR 45..!!!!!

    • Well actually she did not say the same thing, her comment was on the way he handled the Charlotte incident and yes she has received some criticism well

  9. I thought this was America. What happened to Free Speech? She should not be fired for speaking the truth. And yet Russ Limbaugh can say every nasty racist thing he wants to on his radio show and NOT get fired.White privilege.

    • I say we get together and draw up a petition to ban jhuf and others like her from black America web – because she/he obviously have nothing constructive EVER to say!!

      • Butter Pecan on said:

        Send an email to BAW with a copy of the comment. it is a violation of their terms and conditions.

      • I say you’re the epitome of those 50’ and 60’s racist who wanted to shut down
        FREE SPEECH of minorities because they didn’t like what they had to say

      • specialt757 on said:

        And on another note, I couldn’t care less if someone posts a different view than mine. At least that way I know what others think. We don’t have to agree, just maybe you can learn from what others say, that works both ways. But when you clearly refuse to open your eyes and just make idiotic statements when “your side” is 100% wrong, that’s where the problems lie, you can’t admit when your side is wrong or you won’t POST that your side is wrong. NO one is right 100% all of the time.
        If everyone shared the same view, and everyone was on the same page, we’d all be robots, how boring. And maybe also, there would be no conflicts hmmmm…interesting

      • Trump is an elected official he has to resign or be impeached and if Trump’s comments
        on Obama rise to that level then I’m guessing Mad Max Waters days are numbered too

      • specialt757 on said:

        @jhuf,
        He tweeted this well before he became an elected officials, go back and look at his history of tweets in 2012 and even before. He was an American citizen only.

    • Shattie B. on said:

      Although they are not favorable comments for 45, they aren’t racist. It’s a big difference between what she said and the things these women said about the Obamas and how they said them. I feel bad for you and your kind. Thinking that you’re winning or really coming out on top hating people just because they don’t look like you. It has to be a sad existense. By the way, it would be great if you would apply the “what’s good for one is good for all” principle to justice when people of color are being murdered by the police. Just a thought….enjoy your day.

      • So when Representative Joe Wilson shouted out “you lie” to Mr. Obama in 09
        Did that rise to the level of Ms Hill because people like you were sure calling for his resignation and your WRONG it’s not a big difference defaming someone’s character
        Is a big thing, and I’m afraid you got it twisted I don’t hate on anyone, the hatred spews
        from commenters here all the time especially when views different from theirs are voiced ether you’re in a coma or it’s the norm in your lifestyle,
        police do shoot people BLACK and every other race it’s a hazard of the job when a shooting is deemed justified so be it when it isn’t then cops are prosecuted, just like lynching BLACK people don’t own being shot by a cop, and if you get into a physical confrontation with one it matters not one dam bit if you have a gun or not, in my state if
        someone attacks me they can be shot ARMED or NOT I’m far more concerned with being killed by some street thug than ANY cop ANY day …..Enjoy your day, and try not to get shot but if you do I hope you survive and theres a cop there to save you and neutralize the perp

      • specialt757 on said:

        “… you get into a physical confrontation with one it matters not one dam bit if you have a gun or not,” Clearly THAT’S a lie. I’ve seen countless clips of white fools getting into physical confrontation with a cop and he never gets shot. I’ve seen them threaten them with guns and they may get arrested but they don’t get killed (the ones in the clips).

      • And I’ve seen countless clips where they do get shot both black and white (Treyvon Martin black kid, Dylan Noble white kid )

      • @Jose’ let’s be clear, Trayvon Martin didn’t confront an officer with a gun, a civilian with a gun, who was told not to approach Martin, approached Martin and killed him in cold blood. Trayvon Martin was an unarmed kid walking through a neighborhood minding his own business. While minding his own business, DICKHEAD decides to play cop, hence MURDERING the innocent child.
        I know facts don’t matter to you, but the facts can’t be changed, they are what they are.

  10. Even though she was forced to make a fake apology. She said what she meant, and meant what she said. S 45 never apologize for anything. The truth hurts!

    • specialt757 on said:

      D, I didn’t see or hear and apology. She regretted that her company was affected but she didn’t apologize for calling a spade a spade, nor would I.

      • You’re right. I guess she just regretted saying it. She may regret it but I don’t. I won’t regret saying saying, he’s a white supremacist sympathizer.

  11. specialt757 on said:

    Yeah ESPN really needs to tread lightly on this one. She didn’t use their platform to make her statement and she didn’t represent them in her statement, it was personal, the same way they were for trump with his many tweets calling Prez O a racist with no evidence.
    Of course I’m down for the boycott, I don’t watch them anyway, but I can definitely cancel that satellite package. I’ve been trying to cut the cord for a long time, this is all the excuse I need.

  12. specialt757 on said:

    I saw on tv this morning all the tweets from trump long before he become president calling President Obama a racist. No one called for him to lose his job.

    • HAHAHAHA considering what ESPN’s liberal and political stance has done to their viewership now it’s doubtful they would notice, in fact shit canning her may even raise
      their viewer numbers when you consider the amount of back lash they have received over her comments

  13. Chastity on said:

    If ESPN fires her for telling the truth, then we should start a boycott of them as well. She told the truth. It is funny how the idiot trump called President Obama racist, which was far from the truth and not warranted with any evidence, but his racism and bigotry can be backed for miles with solid evidence, yet all of the assholes in the WH wants her to be fired. GTFOH!!!

    • She’s telling the trump and they can’t take the truth but orange face trump can say what he want and noting is said about it. So I’m saying it orange face trump is racist and I’m glad she said it and it freedom of speech right.

  14. Instead of this fake adminstrstion trying to get Jemele Hill fired for saying 45 is a white supremacist, how about letting us fire him for being one.

  15. DennyWhite on said:

    LaLadies and gentlemen, this is a prime example of institutional racism. To suggest that she’s inappropriate and admonished–in print– for excercising her first Amendment right is ludicrous. I’ll have to show ESPN what I showed HBO…unsubscribing. When they learn that ‘Black DOLLARS Matter’and that our power is in our pocketbooks/wallets, they won’t matter.

  16. She spoke truth to power. The truth hurts. ESPN probably got some feedback from their fearless leader.(trump), Who gives a funk. I’m glad she said it. And she doesn’t deserve to lose her job for saying it. Besides she’s wasn’t on air when she said it. Everyone on this blog speak their opinion, which we have every right to do.

  17. All the woman did was tell the truth! She merely commented on exactly what he has been unapologetically demonstrating to the world through his life before politics, and now via his piss-poor imitation of Commander-in-Chief…so what’s the problem? 🤷🏽‍♀️

  18. specialt757 on said:

    What did she say wrong again? We elected a self-proclaimed sexual predator and honorary member of the kkk into the white house and pay his salary with tax payer dollars and Ms. Hill’s job is being threatened because she spoke the truth? Is ESPN serious right now? She’s not a politician, she doesn’t make decisions that affect the lives of millions, she has an opinion and has the right to express it. If kidrock can say what he wants without consequences, why can’t she? And this dick with eyes was running for senate? GTFOH

      • specialt757 on said:

        hahaha kayGee, I didn’t vote for agent orange face clown either, so I stand corrected, what I meant was “America’s dumbest citizens elected a self…”
        Ask jhuf, he got up early and was the first in line at his poling place, with his “vote for trump” hoodie on.

    • I agree with everything she tweeted about Trump and your posting that she’s not a politician.The thing is ESPN is a sports network and she was hired to do sports commentary.Whether online or on the air Jemele represents them ,while Kid Rock only represents himself. As this was her first “offense” to them she got a slap on the wrist.A more relevant comparison would be to Curt Schilling and ex-MLB pitcher who like many other jocks was hired by ESPN after he retired. He was a frequent “offender” with his wing polemic,including on the air, and was summarily bounced.I’m all for Jemele but if they can do it to him,you know they’ll do it to her.Maybe she can follow Bryant Gumbel’s track and get into hard news and commentary.

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