ESPN has suspended host Jemele Hill for two weeks for a “second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network announced Monday (Oct. 9).
ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz cited Hill’s tweet suggesting fans boycott Dallas Cowboys advertisers if they were upset over Jerry Jones’ comments about benching players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.
“This play always work,” she wrote Sunday. “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”
She later tweeted, “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”
Hill’s suspension comes after “she previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet,” ESPN said in a statement. “In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
ESPN’s Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
The “impulsive tweet” ESPN is talking about was written on Hill’s page a few weeks ago when she called out President Cheeto for being the white supremacist that he is.