ESPN wanted to keep Jemele Hill off-air Wednesday

ESPN wanted to keep Jemele Hill off-air Wednesday

ESPN wanted to keep Jemele Hill off-air Wednesday

"When Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Jemele Hill to be fired by ESPN, she crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory".

The comments drew swift condemnation from supporters of the First Amendment who said it was inappropriate for the White House press secretary to call for the firing of one of the president's critics.

Though ESPN anchor Jemele Hill received a lot of shit for her correct diagnosis of Donald Trump, she appeared on Wednesday's SportsCenter with Michael Smith as usual. Now I don't personally believe that Trump is a white supremacist. "Well, it's a threat to me".

ESPN distanced itself from Hill's remarks on Tuesday and, following Sanders' statement at the White House briefing, did so again. "She also called the "outrageous" comments a 'fireable offense".

Following the outrage over her tweets, Hill chose to address the elephant in the room on Thursday and tweeted that she expressed her personal beliefs in the comments.

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.

Without mentioning Hill by name, Trump tweeted that ESPN should "apologize for untruth" and said it was losing subscribers.

ESPN ultimately backed Jemele Hill amid public pressure to fire her over her comments about Donald Trump, but one report says they wanted the host to take a breather on Wednesday. "My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional", Hill tweeted.

Unfortunately for POTUS, it looks like sports network is satisfied with Hill's apology earlier this week, in which she claimed her views did not reflect that of ESPN's.

Hill was engaged in a social media discussion about Kid Rock and politics when the thread turned to Trump. Hill's tweets were Tucker's lead story, saying at the top of that night's show: "You probably thought ESPN stood for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network".

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Business Insider that Cohn did in fact meet with ESPN president John Skipper following the comments.

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