ESPN announced on Monday that "SportsCenter" anchor Jemele Hill will be suspended for at least 2 weeks. TMZ reported that the host "violated social media guidelines," when she posted controversial opinions on her Twitter account for the second time in the last month.
The controversial post was over Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. On Sunday, Jones released a statement, issuing a bold ultimatum to his players.
He said that any player who decides to protest during the national anthem or disrespect the flag in any way will not be allowed to play. He said that he will not tolerate disrespecting the flag or the country.
While another team had decided that they would not participate in protests anymore, Jerry Jones' ultimatum was the boldest move that an NFL owner has made regarding the recent controversies.
Jemele Hill responded to Jones' comments by telling her followers on social media to boycott his sponsors. She tweeted several times, with each post directly attacking Jones.
She said, "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players."
Hill was in trouble last month when she posted that President Trump is a "white supremacist" on her Twitter account. After the post, ESPN said that her comments were not a reflection of the network as a whole and that it was considered a "fireable offense."
Now, after she made another social media mistake, ESPN has taken action. They released a statement about the incident.
They said, "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 individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision."
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