One of the biggest stories in sports this week has nothing to do with sports, as ESPN anchor Jemele Hill responded to the backlash over her comments about President Donald Trump.
Hill on Monday called Trump a “white supremacist” during a back-and-forth with Twitter users. Hill further explained her point a view in a string of tweets that eventually went viral and had many of the president’s supporters calling for her to be fired.
ESPN didn’t fire the “SportsCenter” anchor, but the network distanced itself from Hill’s point of view Tuesday with a wishy-washy statement. Hill largely has stayed quiet since then, but she broke her relative silence with a tweet late Wednesday night, in which she stood behind her original comments but expressed remorse for putting ESPN in that situation.
Hill’s tweet came just hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke for the administration, claiming Hill’s comments should be a fireable offense.
“I’m not sure if (Trump is) aware, but 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,” Sanders said at Thursday’s press briefing.
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