Earlier this month, ESPN host Jemele Hill made inappropriate and vulgar comments regarding President Trump. After a wide array of backlash across all spectrums, the host is speaking out yet again.
Hill posted on Twitter on September 11, directly after President Trump's Charlottesville response.
After posting the controversial tweet, ESPN made it clear that her comments were not a reflection of the network as a whole. The White House responded as well, calling the remarks "outrageous" and a "fireable offense by ESPN."
Now, a few weeks after the incident, Jemele Hill is speaking out about her comments. She wrote an essay originally featured on The Undefeated blog.
Hill began the essay by describing a time when she was young and got in trouble with her grandmother. She said that after apologizing, she was heartbroken knowing that her grandmother was disappointed in her.
She said that she had never felt that way again until two weeks ago when she was sitting with the president of ESPN talking about her Twitter post. Instead of apologizing for what she said, however, Hill just explained why she was upset that she disappointed the network.
She wrote, "Since my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded into a national story, the most difficult part for me has been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the company’s political leanings..."
"I can’t pretend as if this isn’t a challenging time in our country’s history," she continued. "As a career journalist, I can’t pretend that I don’t see what’s happening in our world. I also can’t pretend as if the tone and behavior of this presidential administration is normal. And I certainly can’t pretend that racism and white supremacy aren’t real and that marginalized people don’t feel threatened and vulnerable, myself included, on a daily basis."
Hill continued, discussing the "blurred lines" between politics and work and sports. She said that Twitter was not the appropriate place to express her disagreements.
She said, "Still, Twitter wasn’t the place to vent my frustrations because, fair or not, people can’t or won’t separate who I am on Twitter from the person who co-hosts the 6 p.m. SportsCenter. Twitter also isn’t a great place to have nuanced, complicated discussions, especially when it involves race...Also, let me be clear about something else: My criticisms of the president were never about politics. In my eyes, they were about right and wrong. I love this country. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t want it to be better."
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