Jemele Hill addresses Trump tweet, Colin Kaepernick, NABJ, issue support


In the wake of the whole Jemele Hill brouhaha regarding the SportsCenter anchor calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist", Fox News has turned to ex-athletes to speak out against Hill and ESPN.

Trump tweeted 7:20 a.m. Friday morning, September 15, that the network should "Apologize for untruth!" after bashing it for its politics and "bad programming".

Hill publicly apologized for the trouble she'd brought on her employer.

"I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN", she said.

Sanders, from her White House podium, already had said Hill should be fired for her tweets, when asked if Trump was aware of them.

Sanders doubled down on her comments Thursday, saying she stands by her comments from the White House press briefing and that ESPN should take actions against Hill.

"He's committed to working with them to bring the country together", Sanders said.

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ESPN presenter Jemele Hill at the Why Are We Still Talking About This?

Before making a statement, Hill tweeted a photo of herself with members of the National Association of Black Journalists' Sports Task Force, thanking them for checking up on her.

Considering the amount of negative press they ostensibly avoided by not replacing Hill and Smith with two white hosts, ESPN should probably count their blessings the pair was willing to be ride through the storm.

"ESPN suspended a long-time anchor Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint", she said Friday.

Trump's not-so-subtle response was a reaction to controversy surrounding host Jemele Hill, an outspoken liberal who now has a pair of photographs with Barack and Michelle Obama pinned atop her Twitter feed.

Making her first true comments after the fracas erupted, the posted a statement to Twitter along the caption: "So to address the elephant in the room ... My respect for my company and my colleagues remains unconditional". However, ThinkProgress reported that two sources close to the situation said ESPN tried to keep Hill off the air hours before the show.

Sanders, clearly prepared for a question on Hill, turned the discussion to a larger target: ESPN itself.