ESPN suspends anchor Jemele Hill for 2 weeks

PUBLISHED Mon, October 09, 2017 - 3:31pm EDT

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who previously called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist," has been suspended for two weeks after suggesting on Twitter that people who disagree with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys should target advertisers.

"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," ESPN said in a brief statement. The first instance happened on September 11 when she condemned Trump as a "white supremacist."

The second instance happened on Sunday evening when Hill discussed comments from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who told ESPN that the team will not play if players do anything that is "disrespectful to the flag."

Hill wrote on Twitter that paying customers needed to "pick up this fight" against Jones. "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players," she wrote.

Hill appeared to walk back her comments on Monday afternoon, writing on Twitter: "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."

ESPN explained in Monday's statement that Hill had previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. "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," the network said.

Hill was at the center of controversy after she called Trump a "white supremacist."

"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," Hill said in a tweet on September 12. "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."

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