ESPN Doesn’t Punish Host Who Called Trump an Ignorant White Supremacist

By Nancy Flory Published on September 14, 2017

An ESPN host had her hand slapped Tuesday after she posted on social media a note calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” On Monday, co-host of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter broadcast Jemele Hill tweeted that, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” She then tweeted that, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

She went on to call President Trump “unqualified,” and that if he weren’t white he wouldn’t have been elected.

ESPN said in a statement Tuesday that Hill’s comments “do not represent the position of ESPN.”

They added, “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.” They did not mention a suspension or other punishment.

The Twitter Mentality

Co-host of Fox Sports’ Speak for Yourself Jason Whitlock said he’s known Hill for a long time. “I just think she’s gotten caught up in the Twitter mentality that baits people and asks people to attack the President at anything that they view as conservative,” he said Wednesday. “She’s caught up in it, ESPN’s caught up in it.”

Speaking to Fox News’ Fox and Friends, he said, “They have clearly condoned what she did by not taking any action. … I think they’ve chosen a lane politically.”

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that Hill should be fired. “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,” Huckabee Sanders said.

Whitlock conceded that it’s popular to attack the president on Twitter. Doing so “is a way to get re-tweeted and liked and to build your following over Twitter.” But he noted that ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling over a similar incident last year, only his comment was conservative in nature.

Schilling’s Firing

Schilling, former All-Star pitcher was fired last year from ESPN over a Facebook comment about North Carolina’s bathroom bill. His post responded to a cartoon of a man with a wig and women’s clothing on. It said: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”

Schilling posted: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

At that time, ESPN stated that they were an “inclusive” company. They added that Schilling was “advised that his conduct was unacceptable” and his employment was terminated.

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  • > if he were not white, he never would have been elected

    Change the skin color, and the subject to Obama, and it would have taken ESPN mere milliseconds to FIRE the employee. The hypocrisy is stunning, and yet becoming commonplace. Anyone with a remnant of moral decency should at this point unsubscribe from ESPN. They need to be soundly punished by the marketplace. If sports are worth so much to you that you can abide this, they have become an idol to you.

    • Concerned Christian

      So she should be fired for agreeing with white supremacist that Trump is one of their’s?

      Or should she be fired because she actually said something that was less offensive then things that trump has said.

      btw, here’s a list of tweets from trump accusing people of being racist:

      http://mashable(dot)com/2017/08/16/donald-trump-racist-tweets/#VHvl6gqlRPqb

      you’ll note that none of the people, who are actually racist, made the list!

      Now I agree that anyone with a remnant of moral decency should unsubscribe from ESPN. ESPN should be punished by the marketplace. Her behavior has no place on TV, it belongs in the Oval office. If you want to hear an opinion like that you’ll vote for it!

  • Concerned Christian

    yes, let’s compare the two:

    Schilling was removed from ESPN’s Little League World Series broadcasts for tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis.

    Said Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.”

    Fired after sharing an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page

    It might just be that he was fired because he’s a jerk. But of course that can’t be it!

    Jemele made a comment shared by lot of blacks, whites and others that trump is a racist. Obama was called a racist on Fox News with no proof and no ramifications for the people that made the comment.

    Trump failed to denounce racist in charlottesville, he has a history or racist behavior. Fairly or unfairly, if trump were not a republican, conservatives would be all over this calling him a racist as well.

    • Patmos

      Were you trying to make a point? You are as ignorant as Hill.

      • Concerned Christian

        the irony is that people believe she should be fired for offending a person that has shown that he is an equal opportunity offender. From how to grab women, to places blood comes out of women, to women being fat, to little rublo, lying ted, crooked hillary, Obama not being a US citizen, McCain not being a hero, mexican rapist, etc., etc., etc.!

        On wait, let me stop, my ignorance is showing!

    • Jim Walker

      You forgot this part : “who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

      • Concerned Christian

        well if we must! 🙂

        • Jim Walker

          So you actually believe the crap from this woman? As a concerned Christian, you should be concerned, which in normal circumstances pray for change but instead you continued to step up you left leaning distorted ideology.

          • Concerned Christian

            The irony is that a large percentage of non-whites in this country think Trump is a white supremacist. More importantly however, white supremacist THINK he’s a white supremacist.

            The only people that don’t accept this fact are republicans who are in such a state of mind that they will look the other way as long as he calms their fears of the future. Then use prayer as an excuse for not taking action.

            it’s no different then people who say, I’m just waiting on the Lord to make a change in my job, my kids, my spouse, etc. Knowing all along that they are just making an excuse for not taking action themselves.

            Did Moses pray for change only or did he pray AND take action?
            Did Abraham pray only or did he pray and take action?
            Did David pray only or did he pray and take action?
            Hebrews 11 is full of action takers.

            Change comes from people with the courage to accept the consequences of their actions. If I’m doing something wrong, then I have faith in my relationship with God that during my prayer time it will be revealed.

            But one thing I was taught at an early age by my parents and then later via experience If you want to see a change, make a change.

            Black people would still be under Jim Crow if Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Andrew Goodman had not taken action. How many blacks were freed from slavery because of the actions of Harriet Tubman. Frederick Douglass didn’t just pray.

            So to sum it up, Trump has done absolutely nothing to make people think that he’s not a racist. Again, racist think he’s a racist. So yes, I do “actually believe the crap from this woman”.

            What’s scary is that if you don’t believe he’s a racist, that’s scary and if you think he’s a racist and you still support him, that’s scary!

          • Jim Walker

            This sentence crack me up :

            “So to sum it up, Trump has done absolutely nothing to make people think that he’s not a racist. Again, racist think he’s a racist. So yes, I do “actually believe the crap from this woman”.

            He can say a thousand times or do all he can in public he is not, but you will never believe because you’re wearing those blinders and you are so filled with hate nothing can replace it.
            Unless you come with an open mind and do some more research, you will never get much consolation from the MSM you watch.

            You have responded to me that you will pray for the President but did you ? Have you ? can you ? prayer for those you hate or those who hate you, you need to let go and let God handle it.
            FYI, now that I spoke out for him, am I a white supremacist too ?
            I can never be even if I wanted to.

          • Concerned Christian

            “On the eve of a critical week of foreign policy challenges, Donald Trump started his Sunday by retweeting an edited video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton’s back — and her falling over from the impact.”

            So your argument is that someone should be fired for insulting this person?

          • Jim Walker

            Where is your funny bone?

  • Patmos

    ESPN’s agenda was pretty much set in stone when they paraded Bruce Jenner around in a dress. They are very much part of the problem, very much driven by that spirit of anti-Christ.

  • Jim Walker

    She has just become a black supremacist.

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