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ESPN’s Jemele Hill Suspended For Talking Politics on Twitter



ESPN personality Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks due to a “second violation” of the network’s social-media guidelines.

The first violation came when Hill took to Twitter to call Donald Trump “a white supremacist who surrounds himself with white supremacists.” This caused quite the stir among viewers, as conservatives took offense to the comment while people leaning more towards the left found it appropriate. Hill later noted that “Twitter wasn’t the place” for “nuanced, complicated discussions, especially when it involves race,” but did not retract the content of her statement.

Hill’s second violation came during a series of tweets from Sunday night in which she spoke about boycotting advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys game due to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s promise to bench any players who protested the national anthem.

Hill later noted that she was not necessarily pushing for a boycott, but said that Jones’s statement put an “unfair burden” on players. Her suspension was announced one day after vice president Mike Pence walked out of Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game when players knelt during the national anthem, a pre-planned publicity stunt which upset a great amount of Americans.

[via Vulture]

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