Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Jemele Hill Suspended Two Weeks for Social Media Violation

Jemele Hill Suspended Two Weeks for Social Media Violation

Hill graduated from Michigan State University and served as the grand marshall for MSU during its homecoming back in 2014. That came two weeks after the NFL declared it stood behind its players and projected a message of unity in the wake of President Donald Trump calling any player who protested during the national anthem a "son of a bitch".

At the time, the network said that those comments were did "not represent" ESPN and Hill recognized her actions were "inappropriate".

ESPN suspended "SportsCenter" anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks on Monday, the network announced, after Hill violated the company's social media guidelines over the weekend.

- Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017This play always work.

"Change happens when advertisers are impacted", Hill tweeted.

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She later said, "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers".

A source with knowledge about the situation told CNBC the suspension was in accordance with the company's social media guidelines, especially when she called on her followers to boycott Dallas Cowboys' sponsors.

Jemele Hill has been suspended by ESPN again.

ESPN's statement called Hill's previous tweet, presumably about Trump, "impulsive" and said her subsequent apology for it acknowledged she was "letting her colleagues and the company down". She was not suspended for that tweet, though it did elicit a response from President Trump. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. "My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light".

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