ESPN Reprimands Jemele Hill For Calling Trump ‘White Supremacist’

ESPN Reprimands Jemele Hill For Calling
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ESPN has reprimanded anchor Jemele Hill for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” said ESPN in a statement. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Hill, who hosts the network’s “SportsCenter,” lit up social media when she called the president a “white supremacist” in an extensive tweet rant.

She wrote, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

She also posted, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

Continuing to engage with followers on Twitter, she then wrote: “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?”

She also wrote: “He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

Her rant began as a comment on an article posted by the Hill about Kid Rock accusing the media of labeling him a racist. Other ESPN employees have been fired for their comments on social media, including Curt Schilling who made transphobic comments on Facebook.

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  1. Robert says:

    jemele hill is a racist. If she was WHITE she would be fired. It just goes to show that a black racist can say whatever they want and get away with it. Espn you have slipped to the lowest level of any network.
    And for all you dumbass white honkies that support her you are as stupid as she is. You should breed with your mother or sister and maybe get some brains to see the real truth. Fire the stupid witch, you know the real word.

  2. J Curr says:

    Firing Miss Hill from ESPN?! Please!!! She only told the truth that many have been afraid to say. Why should she be fired from ESPN because I guess being a black woman would be wrong for her to come out her face and say such even though you have several late night talk show hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Colbert (white men) blasting Trump every night for stupidity and arrogant actions he continues to make as the president. Keep in mind it is what it is and this country has been this way since it’s birth based on racism and prejudice. Let’s move on TOGETHER in a more positive outlook and stop calling the kettle black.

  3. Wayne Kelso says:

    What reprimand?

    I believe she used her position at #ESPN and her 638K Twitter followers that she would not normally have for a personal account to make slanderous claims and to defame our #POTUS character. In my opinion, Mr. Trump should take lawful action on her and #ESPN since this negative behavior would never be tolerated by any respectful employer. In fact, I WILL NO LONGER WATCH #ESPN AND/OR SUPPORT #ESPN UNTIL MS. HILL HAS BEEN TREATED WITH EQUAL TREATMENT.

    Talk about people wanting “equality”, then Ms Hill needs to step up and be HELD accountable for her own actions like everyone else vs. hiding behind her peers at #ESPN. I strongly feel that Ms. Hill should immediately resign her position from #ESPN as did Mr.. Limbaugh. I mean fair is fair, right?

  4. Jerry Kelly says:

    Ijf trump said something like that you would be all over him fire her and try to clean up the mess

    • Michele says:

      He did – he tweeted that Obama was a racist – then he should have been fired from the Apprentice. See Obama had to have a thick skin – y’all are apologists for the thin-skinned dude in the White House now.

  5. jeanette kenyon says:

    Why does Trump get to say and do anything he wants?

    • Julie says:

      It’s called freedom of speech, but do you hear him saying racist crap like this, not at all. He is going to sign DACA which are typically not white people. If Trump did not have to spend half his time fighting for himself due to people like you, he would get even more done. On top of that all you people fighting in the streets make this country look weak, you are trying to make it loo like the whole country is racist, to the world, when if you were honest, is complete bull. Kim Dung ILL sees the divisions and in his mind this country will not attack him because we are a divided country. The real racism is people like this woman that just hate whites, whites don’t give one hoot about hating blacks, it is because of the general culture in black American society that many blacks are stuck in the city without a future. Me and my white friends just go to work everyday, not thinking about hating blacks, it is not on the agenda of the typical white person. Trump did not start racism, and really you people that hate him are using this hatred and false accusations as an excuse to destroy this country, the perfect excuse. You protesting people that do not appreciate America all should be ashamed of yourselves, burning flags, tearing up neighborhoods because you are not happy, Absolutely pathetic.

  6. Maurice says:

    So it was ok for trump and everyone to call him a muslin and not a u. s citizen. A pier and much more and no outrage.

  7. Thom Kernel says:

    I will not watch ESPN as long as it employs a racist like Hill!

  8. Will Smith says:

    Jamele Hill is the complete racist and I will not watch ESPN again until she is fired.

  9. Robert says:

    She should be fired. If she were white and called a black president a racially-charged name, she would have been fired immediately – treat racists equally in the workplace #boycottsportscenter #unsubscribetoespn #nomoreracialdoublestandard #Hillisaracist #treatracistsequally #espnisweak

  10. bryan fraley says:

    She needs not apologize for her resounding and opinion of tramp. You conservatives hate being called what you are ” racist” that is the majority of your party isnt it?. Why do you think that the majority of minorities stio voting for the GOP in the early 70s. Your default reply is the democrats started the kkk……well they may have but they have since became the progressive party……and the GOP regressive. You know its funny how yoy all say the Dems are the kkk party
    But the neo nazis, kkk, alt right have all pledge allegiance to trump. The kkk havent been democrat since the late 60s…….the democrats
    started catering to minority and the poor interest
    and you know they arent down for that. Embrace the racist president that he is…….for he is the first presidential candidate and president to be labeled a racist widely since George Wallace.
    You all are just mad because many have called him out…….fuck your racist president…..I apllaud her for taken the stance and calling these nazis out that you beautiful no apology needed.

    • Thad Wallace says:

      Last time i checked, it was a liberal out on control snowflake who gunned
      down a congressman with a machine gun.
      Quit making excuses and obfuscating the situation with your bullsh*t semantics.
      So get your SH*T together and quit using violence!

  11. fred fredericks says:

    Let me get this straight; A white person in the same position gets fired for sneezing wrong but this poor soul puts her mouth in gear b4 her brain and she keeps working. ESPN is just as much at fault as the commentator.

  12. Kim says:

    She’s the racists. Get rid of her. Lucky to have a job

  13. Virgil says:

    This so called sports reporter has made a living being racist.
    She should be fired immediately.

  14. Is anyone really surprised that ESPN ratings have dropped so badly. “Live” sports are still fine, along with 30 for 30, etc. but the changes to SportsCenter and some of the morning programming are horrible.

  15. Claire Sebring says:

    It is a disgrace for her to be called an American. Shame on her and shame on ESPN. She should be fired. At the very least, she should have to make a public apology for her gross negligence and volunteer at an anti- bullying group, like The Kind Campaign.

  16. subframer says:

    ESPN is a cesspool, and this woman is a disgrace

  17. Charles Boenisch says:

    I’m boycotting ESPN and Disney as well. I’ve cancelled my Disney movie account and won’t buy anything Disney or go to a Disney movie until this woman is fired. There is no excuse for her comments and she needs to be terminated!

  18. Sherie Lukanen says:

    ESPN condones employee behavior that would be terminated at any other company… Is it because she is a female? of color? ESPN was quick to give Schilling the boot…. everyone needs to be treated the same- She needs to be terminated.

    I am boycotting ESPN and will have them removed from my cable supplier.

  19. She should be fired. This is a woman who once said rooting for the Celtics is like rooting for Hitler

  20. Shelby Canuette says:

    She shouldn’t be calling anyone ignorant.

  21. David says:

    Her comments demonstrate her extreme racism

  22. Anton Nym says:

    I’m a black man, and I find it abhorrent to abuse people with words like Racist and White Supremacist with NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER. When you do that, the words lose their meaning. This lady, Jamele hill is just a knee-jerk liberal airhead who is nothing more than a parrot for the extreme wing of her party. As a hard-working, black conservative, I have no respect at all for her. The next original thought she has will be the first one.

  23. Lesley Goodyk says:

    She is absolutely correct. Shame on ESPN

    • Reginz says:

      I’m a educated professional independent black female and I also agree, she was absolutely wrong by stating something she has no facts on and she should learn how to communicate her statements better without doing so in a defamatory manner. Gmommy.

  24. john n says:

    I will no longer watch or listen to ESPN. Wasn’t Robert Lee taken off of a broadcast because of his name. ESPN you are going in the wrong path with this problem in America that needs to be changed. She must go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Randy says:

    Gospel Truth

  26. She is a Racist herself. She hates white people and should just admit it. ESPN is so friggin pathetic now with their racist views and how they basically all act like they are oppressed when they make a lot of money doing what they do. She always talks down when reffering to white people and white athletes. She supports BLM and ANTIFA. WHO OPENLY ATTACK WHITE PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE. You can hear it in her voice when she talks. See it in her facial expressions. Steven A Smith is another that just seethes at the thought of white people. I don’t get how they are allowed to get away with it. IF ONE WHITE PERSON ON ESPN WAS OPENLY RACIST LIKE THOSE 2 THEY WOULD BE FIRED ASAP. ESPN SHOULD FIRE HER

  27. Mel says:

    The fact that ESPN hasn’t fired her yet shows that she exactly represents their position.

    • bryan fraley says:

      He isnt black no blackman would go against an intelligent articulate black female whose telling the truth…….trump is a racist

  28. CP says:

    ESPN suspended Linda Cohen for saying that she thinks ESPN could possibly be alienating some of its viewers with some of the political stances the network has taken. SUSPENDED!! Jamele calls half the country racist white supremacists and the ESPN distances itself from her comments. Smells like a double standard.

  29. Anna says:

    ESPN is so dead.

  30. Mary W says:

    She should be out of work. This woman is a hateful bigot and her words prove it. ESPN is garbage.

  31. ESPN is pure garbage ……..political motivated broadcasts as well + female baseball commentator, just to be edgy…..annoying in-game graphics such as “K-Zone”……list goes on, ESPN is crap

  32. Daniel says:

    “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” Hill charged. “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.” Geez…and this has WHAT to do with sports. Hey ESPN, do you ever wonder why your revenue stream is declining, and cable subscribers are walking away…and for that matter why viewership of sports like the NFL are declining? And why you are such a millstone around the neck of Disney? Hmmmmm? Let me give you a f cking hint……WE DON’T WANT TO BE PREACHED AT 24/7 BY KNOW NOTHING PIECES OF $ HIT!! This liberal pablum that has infected, like herpes, so much of the media landscape is one reason why Trump got elected!!! You fools.

  33. BERN says:

    Joe,
    I agree 100% that she is arrogant. Could never understand why she has a prime time show on ESPN but it has become blatantly obvious now what their agenda is. There are many African American reporters on ESPN where I don’t see skin color, by not with her as she definitely has an agenda!!

  34. JD says:

    Who is this woman? And who cares what she says?

  35. Steve Barr says:

    Everything she said was true and judging by the reaction on this web page Trump supporters are just like Trump .

  36. Joe says:

    Long before she made this racist comment I never liked her….has nothing to do with her being black. She has this aura of pomposity on the air.
    These black commentators should heed Michael Jordan’s advice…”white people buy sneakers too”.
    Unless she is fired I think many of their sponsors will be boycotted.
    The double standard is palpable had a white commentator made a similar comment about Obama he would have been fired on the spot!!

    • RJB says:

      Yeah, right Billy, all of you left wing mindless, indoctrinated idiots use the racist term so much that it means nothing anymore, all of you who throw that word around all time are actually the ones who are racist. And then you call all the Trump supporters white supremacists, really ? and how do you know that, you don’t. You and all of your little mouth breathing cry baby socialists are what’s wrong with America. If you think it’s so bad here, LEAVE, nobody will miss any of you little socialists.

    • MadMax99 says:

      I voted for Trump. I’ll tell my black girlfriend I’m a racist. She’ll want to know.

    • BERN says:

      Joe,
      I agree 100% that she is arrogant. Could never understand why she has a prime time show on ESPN but it has become blatantly obvious now what their agenda is. There are many African American reporters on ESPN where I don’t see skin color, by not with her as she definitely has an agenda!!

  37. Lori Auksel says:

    Why didn’t she get fired? The republicans on espn were fired because of their political views and what they said on air. Used to watch a lot of ESPN. No more. I’ll be joyful watching the ratings plummet….. like the NFL. We don’t wanna hear what you think about politics. It a sports channel. Sounds like jemel should be on msnbc or CNN.

  38. Snarf Jabroni says:

    So by “reprimand”, of course you mean ESPN bosses gave her a hi-five, right?

  39. CC says:

    ESPN is a joke. I hope they continue their trend of losing millions of subscribers per quarter. They deserve it.

  40. Carl R Krauss says:

    Hill is a racist who should be firede immediately. She has no place in the public eye. ESPN NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. DITKA AND SCHILLING WERE FIRED FOR MUCH LESS CONTENT. I WOULD NEVER WATCH ANY SHOW WITH THIS IGNORANT WOMAN ON IT.

  41. Boss says:

    The Divide and Conquer race-baiting Left now serve evil Socialism and their deviant Globalist Deep State!

    Look around the world. Wars, started by the Globalist Deep State, have turned the Middle East and North Africa into perpetual conflict zones. Now, radical Islam has been unleashed around the globe and millions of refugees from those regions are now flooding into Europe, threatening the peace and security of that continent.

    Globalism (administered by bankers and bureaucrats at the UN, EU, IMF, etc…) is about the financial elites moving jobs and wealth from democracies to slave wage dictatorships via “Free Trade” agreements like NAFTA and TPP. The financial elites and dictators grow more powerful and the democracies become weaker. This is our World in 2017 and what Trump and his supporters are wanting to reverse!

    The political meaning of “liberal” has changed! Liberal once referred to liberty as in freedom of speech and our US Bill of Rights. Today, “so called” liberals are in reality Socialist. Socialism brings totalitarian government, massive debt, social engineering, political correctness and favored special interests!!!! From Hitler to Obama, Socialist leaders have always used race, class and gender warfare to divide and conquer as the elite fleece the citizens!!!

    Who do we vote for at the socialist UE, EU and IMF???? Undemocratic Left-Wing Globalism is pure corporate Fascism!!!! THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN A SOCIALIST BUREAUCRACY!!!! Didn’t we have enough of this with 1930s Germany!

  42. John Dowd says:

    Huge double standard if ESPN doesn’t fire Hill. Boycott ESPN and their sponsers !
    Enough is enough.

    • Dennis m says:

      ESPN if you do not fire This Racist woman I am done with the ESPN I will tell family and friends to boycott use if you don’t get rid of this woman

  43. Tony J. says:

    With ignorant, virulent airheads like her being given airtime on ESPN and allowed to spew their hatred with impunity, is it any wonder why they’ve lost millions of viewers?

  44. Gary says:

    Until ESPN fires her, I will boycott their sponsers. I suggest everyone else do the same until ESPN fires her.

  45. Steve says:

    No sense watching her show on ESPN Anymore! She is biased and racist. Enough of that in everyday life.

  46. Stan says:

    My grandparents last name is Hill, they’re southerners from Belmont, MS. They are white and racist, wonder if someone in her 🌲 was white. Then she would be a confused person, what would you call her, incompetent?

  47. Aaron says:

    She should be losing her job. If anyone would have said the same of obama they would have been immediately dismissed.

  48. Stan says:

    Poor misguided child, she’s making racist comments about our President, she should be looking for a new job.
    Why play that card to get attention. You learn as a child to repeat what U hear, as adults U have choices. To bad she hasn’t learned that.

  49. Maria Tall says:

    As long as the racist, Jemele Hill, continues to work for ESPN, then her racist comments DO REPRESENT ESPN.
    And as long as she is there,…. I will not be.

  50. Steven says:

    They do not play by the same standards for all, equality does not exist here on ESPN.

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