Reports are claiming that ESPN host Jemele Hill, who recently got suspended after a series of controversial comments about President Trump and the Dallas Cowboys, will continue to be paid during her suspension.
Hill was suspended for repeatedly violating the company's social media guidelines. Fox News reports that Hill will receive roughly $40,000 during her time off air. Thus, despite being punished for violating the policy of her company, that punishment will come alongside a large paycheck.
Fox News writes that an ESPN insider familiar with the salaries of other on-air talent said that anchors are paid a salary that is quite significant. It is estimated that Hill makes over $1 million per year. And it is estimated that her co-host Michael Smith makes a similar salary.
Hill first made headlines last month after she called President Trump a "white supremacist." This comment — which was a clear violation of ESPN's social media policies — came after the president's reaction to the violence in Charleston.
Here are the tweets:
"The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN," said the statement. "We have addressed this with Jemele and he recognizes her actions were inappropriate."
But that wasn't what caused Hill to be suspended. This came about a month later when Hill claimed that football fans should boycott the advertisers of an ESPN sponsor. In particular, she claimed that fans should take action against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who told players that they would be benched if they did not stand during the national anthem.
"If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers," she said.
According to The Hill, many of the same sponsors that she recommended supporters protest are actually the same companies that sponsor her own show.
The host also called Trump “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime." She then added that he was “bigot” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” She then made the rather peculiar remark that if President Trump were not white, then he would never have been elected.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,” reads the statement, according to The Hill.
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