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ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks following a second social media “violation,” the network confirmed in a statement Monday.
In a tweet Sunday, Hill said boycotting advertisers is a good way to make “change happen,” after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would bench kneeling players for “disrespecting the flag.”
“This play always work,” Hill tweeted. “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.” She then added, “Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
In a tweet Monday, Hill clarified she’s not “advocating a NFL boycott.”
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 (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
“But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives,” she wrote.
In an official statement, ESPN suggested the boycott tweets led to her suspension.
ESPN's Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
“She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet,” the statement said. “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.”
Hill came under fire last month when she tweeted that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist.” In response, Trump tweeted demands that the network “apologize for the untruth,” while Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Hill be fired.
ESPN suspended analyst and former Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons in 2014 for making critical remarks about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
It is unclear whether Hill is suspended with or without pay.
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.