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ESPN suspends anchor for breaking social media rules

Jemele Hill was suspended by ESPN after violating the company’s social media policy. More Jemele Hill was suspended by ESPN after violating the company’s social media policy. More
Lucia Summers | 10 October, 2017, 00:25

ESPN has suspended 6 p.m. SportsCenter host Jemele Hill for two weeks "for a second violation of our social media guidelines", the company said in a statement on Monday.

Hill suggested NFL fans boycott vendors and advertisers associated with the Dallas Cowboys after franchise owner Jerry Jones told players they'd be benched if they demonstrated during the national anthem. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences.

The network in September claimed Hill's tweets appeared as though she was speaking on behalf of ESPN. Trump hates that, and even sent Vice President Mike Pence to Indianapolis on Sunday to walk out of a game in protest because some players didn't stand for the anthem.

The tweet that garnered the most reaction said: "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists".

Last week, Hill penned an essay for The Undefeated in which she expressed regret for letting her employers and co-workers down with her previous controversial tweets.

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She continued that she'll look forward of her return very soon. "My heart is broken beyond fix and I cannot fathom how to go on". She also asked her followers to pray for her son and to pray for everyone who suffers from a disease like depression .

Hill, an African American woman, followed up with this: "His rise is a direct result of white supremacy".

ESPN delivered a statement on Monday about Hill's suspension.

The White House itself eventually waded into that controversy, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying during a briefing that Hill's comments about Trump were "a fireable offense by ESPN". "Hence this decision", the statement reads.

Hill in an essay posted on ESPN's website The Undefeated, later wrote of the incident, "Twitter wasn't the place to vent my frustrations".

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