ESPN anchor Jemele Hill — who drew ire last month after tweeting that Republican President Donald Trump is a "white supremacist" — was suspended Monday by the sports network after she posted Twitter messages backing a boycott of Dallas Cowboys' advertisers, and seemingly the team itself, over the organization's stance against players taking a knee during the national anthem.
Hill's suspension is for two weeks. Here's ESPN's statement:
ESPN's Statement on Jemele Hill: https://t.co/JkVoBVz7lv— ESPN PR (@ESPN PR)1507576781.0
Here's what Hill tweeted Sunday night, apparently pointing at the Cowboys' organization:
Cowboys have a huge national following. Lot of black & brown folks are Cowboys fans. What if they turned their back… https://t.co/4CCJWtntRI— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1507515188.0
"JJ" is presumably Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said "we will not disrespect the flag" and those who do will not play.
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boy… https://t.co/zahmjSX4Tr— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1507517130.0
If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the pl… https://t.co/hbDJTwV1Y7— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1507517407.0
Hill tweeted Monday, "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.” The Miami Dolphins on Sunday stated it's requiring players to stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room, the Miami Herald reported.
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.— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1507565409.0
ESPN suspended Hill in 2008 after she made reference to Adolf Hitler in a column about the Boston Celtics.
(H/T: Hot Air)