Jemele Hill on SC6

SC6 host Jemele Hill is often cited as an example of ESPN’s perceived left-wing political bias, and the company has now distanced themselves from controversial tweets she sent about President Donald Trump Monday. In a long thread replying to other Twitter users, Hill called Trump “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” said he was “an unfit, bigoted, incompetent moron,” and stated he “is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

That sparked right-wing media backlash, particularly from The Daily Caller, and ESPN has now issued a statement saying Hill’s comments don’t reflect the company’s position, and that they’ve addressed the “inappropriate” tweets with her:

Here are the tweets in question from Hill:

Hill’s only tweets so far Tuesday are one praising Monday Night Football sideline reporter Sergio Dipp and one responding to something saying she shouldn’t mix politics with her job:

Well, it appears ESPN has decided that these tweets do have a connection to her job and to the company. (On the other side of the spectrum, though, it’s notable that Hank Williams Jr. returned to Monday Night Football this week, six years after he was dropped for referencing Hitler when discussing President Obama. He did later apologize for that.) We’ll see if there are further comments from Hill on Twitter or on SC6. 

As ESPN tries to fight the perception of being a left leaning organization, incidents like these certainly don’t help and ultimately furthers that narrative whether it’s one you agree with or not.

[ESPN PR on Twitter]

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  • Caz

    ESPN is not going to fire a black woman that they have tried to make the center piece of their evening programming. No matter how wrong she was for doing what she did, or how hypocritical they look. They’d rather take the heat for a few days than blow up what they invested so much into.

    • Serpico Jones

      She gets zero ratings though.

      • Rey Henry

        sportscenter regardless of the host gets zero ratings. the novelty of a sports highlight show doesnt work in 2017.

        • PAI

          It’s not a sports highlight show, and it’s the reason it doesn’t get ratings. SC did fantastic from 80’s to early 2000’s when it was what it was. Now, it’s garbage, and it’s ratings reflect that.

    • namingrightsforsale

      It’s hard to see what’s wrong about calling a spade a spade, especially when that spade and the political forces it is associated with are actively damaging the country and endangering its future.

  • Scott Fitzgerald

    Jemele Hill also made unfortunate Hitler references too.

  • Bob Walker

    If the tables were turned, for instance a white reporter making the same kinds of comments about Obama, I doubt the reporter would still be employed.

    • PAI

      More or less, Hank Williams got a 6 yr suspension for not only saying far less but being a much smaller face of the network compared to Hill.

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    • namingrightsforsale

      Well see a key difference is that if they were saying that about Obama they’d be manufacturing nonsense, whereas she is speaking the truth.

      • CriticsTalk

        False.

      • Johnny America

        Obama was one of the biggest disasters in US history. We are still trying to recover from his American hating ways and policies.

        • namingrightsforsale

          Are you sure you’re talking about Obama? Terms such as disaster and American hating apply much more strongly to the eight years where Dick Cheney was in charge.

  • Patrick Ryan Williford

    She’s not wrong…

    • namingrightsforsale

      Yep.

    • CriticsTalk

      She actually is wrong.

    • Mazey

      Nope. She’s wrong.

  • Barry Slanders

    but was she wrong? Says a lot about ESPN that telling the truth is “inappropriate”, not much of which is good

    • namingrightsforsale

      No, of course she wasn’t wrong. This is what happens when a network is relentlessly bullied by hypocritical conservatives, ones who lambast “snowflakes” while acting exactly like what a “snowflake” is supposed to be.

    • CriticsTalk

      How is POTUS a direct threat to her life? She is wrong.

    • Mazey

      The “white supremacist” garbage is a lie and you have been conned.

  • Roger Bournival

    Just remember this incident in particular the next time you hear the ‘ESPN isn’t political’ yahoo bandwagon deniers make that laughable claim again.

    • sportsfan365

      Especially the near-daily denial on Awful Announcing.

  • BobLee Says

    Wonder who at Disney got the short straw and had to tell CEO Robert Iger about this? That musta been fun. … Iger’s subsequent call to “Skippy” in Bristol had to have been “interesting”. …. Is Jemele either (1) REALLY Stoopid or (2) has total job security for all the “we all know why” reasons? I’m betting its the latter. ESPN fires her or even suspends her and she sics BLM on them. All the PR crap ESPN has gone to for the past year to quell the “Radical Left-wing Network” chatter just went up in smoke… THIS is gonna be so much fun to watch …. 🙂

    • namingrightsforsale

      It’s probably that she’s tired of seeing a terrible president and the awful political movement responsible for his election continue to make life worse for millions of Americans because they don’t care about them. Any decent person should be bothered by that, don’t you think?

      • BobLee Says

        Actually the only thing I agree with is… that you have as much right to your opinion as I do to mine. I guess I’m not a “decent person” by your definition. I’m OK with that.

        • namingrightsforsale

          You’re okay with not being a decent person?

          • BobLee Says

            I’m OK with you having whatever opinions you have and expressing them. Otherwise I would not post in forums like this one.

          • namingrightsforsale

            That’s good, of course, but not what I asked.

          • BobLee Says

            Am I OK with YOU not considering ME “a decent person”? Sure. Why should I care what you think about anything… or vice versa.

          • namingrightsforsale

            What’s the point of talking to anyone if you don’t care at all what they think?

          • BobLee Says

            I’m not talking to “anyone”. I’m talking to you. I figured you have a bunch of your like-minded buddies on here and they would enjoy watching you insult me. I figured you’d be in ALLCAP mode by now. Besides, it’s a slow day sitting around waiting for Jemele to NOT apologize… I get bored easily doing that. I gotta go watch my St. Louis Cardinals play now. Good luck in whatever it is you do…

          • namingrightsforsale

            Are you disappointed by the lack of vitriol directed your way?

          • BobLee Says

            HA! Good question… I’ve been on/off comment boards since 2002-03 the very early days. I’ve been cussed, threatened, insulted by some 5-star psychos. That gets old pretty quick when you realize how silly this is. I only “do it” now on really “juicy issues” like this one. America is in o Hell of a Mess. And, IMO, its not Trump’s fault or Obama’s “fault”. “This” didn’t start on Nov 8th. This has been building for 50+ years… and is going to get worse. The CRA in the late 60s was/ has been very badly mismanaged by ALL sides. But, it’s a lot more than just “race”. I like to study macro-history. Dozens of Great Civilizations have disappeared over 1,000s of years. Maybe 250 years is about it for us… as we have known it ??? …. This is Jemele’s Week… a few weeks ago it was Kathy Griffin… next week it will someone else… so on and so on. Both sides have their certified crazies… we never run out of “crazies”. 🙂

          • namingrightsforsale

            Maybe we don’t disagree as much as it looks.

            It’s not really accurate to insinuate that Hill is a “crazy” though.

          • BobLee Says

            Was it “accurate” for you to say I’m not “a decent person”… ??? Another reason I soooo enjoy these Internet conversations. 🙂

      • common_sense_is

        I guess I’m also not a decent person. Trump is a huge improvement over Nobama.

        • namingrightsforsale

          I’d love to see what sort of verbal gymnastics you could employ to try and justify that statement.

          • common_sense_is

            Nobama is the worst president we’ve ever had. Very anti-business, put back race relations 50 years, refused to denounce Muslim terrorists, numerous screw ups like Benghazi and Fast and Furious, only president in history to not experience a single year of 4% GDP growth, saddled us with the jobs-destroying and income-sucking Obamacare (Amy rates have increased 100% so far), the list goes on and on. He did not accomplish one positive thing in 8 years.

    • Christopher Bates

      Sounds like BobLee Says needs some time in his safe space, maybe with his blanky.

      • BobLee Says

        Thanks for the concern Mr Bates, but I’d be more interested in how you think this will shake out over the next few days ?? Our obvious political differences aside, what do you believe will happen … if anything?

        • Christopher Bates

          Nothing will happen, I would guess, and I don’t think it should. Her comments, while provocative, reflect a REAL thing. Trump really does say and do racist things, and really does enable white supremacists. Further, Curt Schilling was allowed to say and do a half-dozen very provocative things before being suspended and then eventually terminated. It’s not like it was one-and-out with him.

          • BobLee Says

            I agree … that it is very unlikely Ms Hill will be “disciplined” or even made to “apologize” for her “inappropriate” remarks. That you agree with her is not the issue, a high profile ESPN employee being so “provocative” is not in ESPN / Disney’s best interests. Not if ESPN is still interested in appealing to a broad public market. Which they keep saying they are. If all they care about having as viewers are those who share your (and her) POV, then none of this matters at all. …. as to the Schilling (and Ditka) comparisons; this is NOT Ms Hill’s first “provocatry”. She and, to a lesser degree, Bomani Jones have been ESPN’s flag bearers for provocative political opinions for some time….. IMO, the next 48 hours will be “interesting” as Skipper & Iger (Disney CEO) will be goaded into more comments which will keep the whole kerfluffle alive and kicking. …. Personally, I love this sort of crap. 🙂

  • MrBull

    Curt Schilling said less and was fired…Hill should be fired…a suspension would be a cop out….
    Ratings are going to drop even further going forward and espn will have to make another show change….

    • Christopher Bates

      Jemele Hill was critical of one person, and while her remarks were strong, there is evidence to support them. Curt Schilling slammed entire swaths of the population, and the evidence in support of his positions is thin at best.

      • namingrightsforsale

        This is the key difference: nothing she said is particularly off the mark as far as telling the truth goes.

      • MrBull

        So, people aligning themselves to the President make the President as supporting or backing them?…that is not always the case such as here….
        In this world as we know it, liberals can say, claim and proclaim whatever they want and not get held accountable….the hypocrisy of double standards perfected by liberals…

        • Christopher Bates

          Well, in this case, yes. He was asked many times to disavow the white supremacists, and he wouldn’t do it. Even when he did, he then backed off his disavowals. Further, his actions are also clearly tailored to curry favor with white supremacists. Read, for example, the speech announcing his candidacy.

          And yeah, I get it–liberals, wah, wah, wah. Like all the stuff Colin Kaepernick said and got away with. Wait, which team signed him again?

        • Deon Hamner

          spare me the faux outrage. she getting backlash. the president has said and done much worst and you sing his praises.

          • MrBull

            Not singing any praises on the President…simply stating a view that what Hill said was dead wrong, that espn is just as wrong in their lack of action in compared to what Schilling got fired for….
            So spare me your Liberal Sunglass Wearing bias view….

          • Deon Hamner

            How is she wrong? It’s her opinion and she did it on twitter not on air. Everyone comparing Curt Schilling. How many times did espn tell him to chill out? It was more than once, more than 2x, more than 3. This her first time. She continue to do it, then yeah let her go. But to me it’s not an equal comparison

          • namingrightsforsale

            it’s not remotely equivalent, you’re right.

          • MrBull

            Gee, what a surprise….

          • namingrightsforsale

            what she said isn’t wrong, though.

      • Johnny America

        LOL Chris Bates sounds like a precious little snowflake.

        • Christopher Bates

          What a thoughtful response! Thanks for taking time before heading to the cross burning to share it with us all!

  • Steve R

    She is just another example of affirmative action not working. She was most likely hired because of both her color and gender.

    • Deon Hamner

      Keep being deplorable jackass..

      • Johnny America

        Umm please tell us why you think she was hired then? Because shes a total and utter disaster. Has the worst ratings on ESPN.

        • Deon Hamner

          She’s an accomplished journalist. I don’t agree with her on everything but not act she just got in from college. It’s funny nobody brings up experience with Skip Bayless. He does just as much trolling…

          • Johnny America

            Huh? She has failed upwards at ESPN. Every show she has hosted has been a total and utter disaster in the ratings wars. I’ll give you one guess why her and Mr smith keeps moving up.

          • Deon Hamner

            I can’t believe you got me defending her. Sports Reporters, Around The Horn, Numbers Never Lie, His & Hers, a podcast and now hosting sportscenter. But keep thinking she’s unqualified…

          • Johnny America

            LOL, Sports Reporters got canceled for being so bad in the ratings wars. Are you really trying to say she has anything to do with ATH? You are trolling if you are. Numbers Never Lie was a total ratings failure hence why they changed it to His and Hers. Damn you are a troll.

          • Deon Hamner

            Sports reporters were cancelled because of lupica. If John Saunders were still alive; it would be on

  • Christopher Bates

    Which was the part that was incorrect? I’m looking for it, and I can’t find it. If you think Trump isn’t actively cultivating the support of white supremacists after the Charlottesville fiasco, you’re not paying attention.

    • namingrightsforsale

      It’s very hard to find anything wrong with what she said, unless you’re a conservative in active denial over the consequences of your irrational behavior, someone with a vested interest in maintaining Donald Trump as president, or delusional.

      • John Danknich

        So if someone said that Barack Obama was in favor of Islamic jihad and wasn’t disciplined, that’d be okay? (Not that I believe that, but you know as well as I do that some people out there believe it.) My point is that just believing something with all your heart doesn’t make it true.

        • Deon Hamner

          It’s trump actions. My god. Wake up. It’s not like we making these things up. David Duke, Steve Bannion, his press conference after charlottesville. Stop comparing Obama to Trump. They not the same. We never seen anything like Trump. Good and bad. So childish to make comparisons.

          • namingrightsforsale

            This.

        • CriticsTalk

          You should research the Iran Deal.

    • Mazey

      Your opinion is so wrong and ignorant that the very sight of your words on this blog make me weep for the future of our country.

      • namingrightsforsale

        Lol the irony of this comment.

  • Rick Leslie

    This should be good for ratings, no? I mean it isn’t like, oh, half the country voted for the guy (+/-). I’m sure they’ll be understanding and sympathetic towards the network.

    • namingrightsforsale

      I think you mean less than 20%, right?

      • Rick Leslie

        The results of the popular vote were T=46% and C=48% — why do people always want to assume that the preferences in the non-voting population are markedly different than in the voting sample? Gallup (and all polling operations) routinely present survey data with very small sample sizes but with relatively low margin of error and uncertainty numbers. Almost 137M Americans voted and it split almost 50/50 – what evidence do you have that this wouldn’t be similarly reflected in the non-voting group?

        • Christopher Bates

          You didn’t say “supported” the guy, or “preferred” the guy. You said “voted.” And if that is your standard, namingrights is right.

        • namingrightsforsale

          As Christopher pointed out, you specifically said voted, but to answer your question, things like Republican voter suppression efforts certainly make me think it’d tip even more towards Clinton than it already did.

  • sportsfan365

    Double standards are okay at ESPN.

    • Deon Hamner

      Why not? Hell america has had a double standard since 1607.

  • tmcb

    espn can say all they want how “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN…” but by their inaction against Miss Hill, they are condoning her actions.
    It’s way beyond time people in the public eye being held accountable for their condemnation comments. Miss Hill’s tweets weren’t just out of line, they were 100 miles past the line. Any one of her many tweets should have had her fired within minutes of them being posted. The double standard espn is showing in this case is outrageous! Coach Ditka & Curt Schilling should be taking legal action against espn and go after hundreds of millions of dollars immediately.

    • namingrightsforsale

      How are accurate tweets about a terrible “president” out of line?

      • theFirstNSpace

        How is he terrible? What has he done that has changed your life in any way? He has done nothing any differently than any other president except blab his mouth on Twitter (which admittedly should stop).

        • namingrightsforsale

          Is this a genuine question?

      • Johnny America

        Our President is terrible? Actually, most on our side think hes been the best President in 20 plus years. He’s a heavy Vegas favorite to get back in in 2020. Sorry snowflake only 7.5 more years left! What a precious little snowflake you are!!

        • namingrightsforsale

          so much hate. why?

  • Johnny America

    Is she REALLY not even going to be suspended for this? Had anyone said anything remotely similar about Obama they would have been suspended and or fired on the spot. Wow talk about a double standard. Keep in mind SC6 ratings are a total disaster anyway so a suspension wouldn’t be a big deal!

    • Deon Hamner

      Just because you don’t watch. SC6 does quite well.

      • Johnny America

        Huh? The ratings are literally a disaster. You realize we can go to any cable ratings site look them up and see they are in the tank. Deon, be honest is this Jamel or Michael posting? Which one of you is it?

        • Deon Hamner

          All of sportscenter ratings are down from years ago. Highlight shows are as good as a cd in 2017. But I’m saying for espn; the powers to be are happy with the increase in viewership and ad buys…

          • Johnny America

            Huh? Listen fattie, you likely need to eat another snickers (judging from your pic you’ve eaten A LOT of them) because you aren’t yourself when your hungry. Her ratings are down 30% from the same slot last year. She is losing viewership hand over first because of her libby white hating ways. What a disaster for ESPN!

          • Deon Hamner

            Fattie? Your mom like it, the old bitch.. Dumbass you do realize they have been the host for going on 2 years this January. Second you not accounting for online and streaming views. Every network on cable is losing viewers. Damn you dumb.. Jesus.

          • Johnny America

            Huh? The show started February 3, 2017. Did you just get caught trolling or what? Please admit you were wrong.

          • Johnny America

            http://daytonatimes.com/2017/02/hill-and-smith-power-new-espn-show/

            If you can read you’ll notice the show debuted the day after the Superbowl THIS YEAR. I’ll respect you a lot more if you admit you were wrong about it or were just trolling. Otherwise you’ve lost all credibility here.

          • Deon Hamner

            Nope. They start their second year. That what I meant. They did start in February

          • Johnny America

            No, see I don’t respect a guy who can’t admit when hes wrong. You said this was their second year pointing that out because I was comparing this years ratings to last years. Saying I was comparing them to their own ratings. Judging from the comments, likes, etc you caught an L on this one. Just accept it man.

          • Deon Hamner

            I see your point. You right. Meant 2nd yr. L on me

  • common_sense_is

    Hill said much worst things than Curt Shilling but won’t be fired because she is a black woman. Terrible. ESPN is a disgrace to humanity.

  • inku palios

    Is Fox Sports going to fire Alexi Lalas for criticizing the USMNT? ESPN wants to fire Jemele Hill to appease the right-wing base.

    • Mazey

      LOL you should probably refrain from putting your opinions in the public sphere, moron.

  • John Danknich

    ESPN’s double standard at work again. Look, it doesn’t really matter if or if not what Hill said is true (I happen to disagree, but that’s my opinion). What matters is that she said it in a public forum, and she will have to accept the consequences (if any) just like Schilling, Ditka, et al. You are allowed to speak what is on your mind; that is one of the great things about this country (that still exists, might I add), but you have to be prepared to deal with the consequences of speaking your mind.

    • Deon Hamner

      A reasonable conservative! You sir are a unicorn. We need to study, learn how to replicate you. I agree with you. However how is this an espn double standard? Less than a day into the story. Let’s just see. She should get some punishment. Some folks want her fired immediately.

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  • Jay Boggs

    Lol she’s a joke I do not watch ESPN anymore for the fact they fired Hank jr for same thing she is saying about Trump. But she’s black if she was fired they’d be rioting in the streets….. Blacks are racist just like espn and the news.

    • Deon Hamner

      so many lies in such a few sentences. Hank Jr. a black man to hitler. white folks are rioting over some confederate flags and some monuments from an enemy of the USA. go back to fox.

      • Johnny America

        Guys if you haven’t noticed Deon is the resident troll. Hes very lucky I don’t catch him in real life because he would get the beating of his life. Then again he’ll never leave his safe space!

        • Deon Hamner

          Please come to richmond, virginia. Or set up that meeting at trojanman2002@hotmail.com. Please teach me that lesson.

  • Johnny America

    Good God this is getting bad for her. If she was getting good ratings it’d make more sense she could say this and get away with it, but with her ratings being in the tank its pretty bizarre. We get it ESPN being the liberal media they are won’t suspend a black woman. What a disaster!

  • nbtx27

    Disavows? Yet she remains employed there as a face of ESPN. ESPN , by their inaction tacitly approves of her comments. The double standard is so obvious. Schilling was fired, yet Hill suffers absolutely no consequence from her inane remarks.

    • namingrightsforsale

      Remember that ESPN has to walk a fine line here, because they need to appease sensitive conservatives who are incapable of facing the truth about their political beliefs and the orange buffoon currently masquerading as president, while also not angering their employees by punishing one of them for speaking the truth.

      • nbtx27

        They didn’t appease anyone. You know that, and are happy about it. The rest of the crap you spew here isn’t worth a further comment.

        • namingrightsforsale

          They didn’t successfully appease those sensitive conservatives, no, because those sensitive conservatives would not be satisfied unless Hill was fired, and they can’t do that because a) it’s hard to maintain employee morale when a prominent employee is fired for pointing out the truth and b) it’s wrong. Of course I’m happy about it; she shouldn’t lose her job because she decided to point out how terrible a terrible narcissist is.

          As for the “rest of the crap [I] spew,” what exactly is wrong with it? It’s all true. Do you mean that it’s not worth further comment because there’s no point arguing with the truth?

  • CriticsTalk

    Linda Cohn was suspended for simply opining that her sports network ventures to deep into politics. Jemele Hill would have been fired if A. She wasn’t a minority, B. She had been this critical of Obama.

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  • Dan

    I’ll try to give a sober take here.

    For one, I am neither a fan of Ms. Hill or of President Trump. Put bluntly, these two are two public figures I dislike intensely.

    That said, ESPN dropped the ball here. Whether or not ESPN has a liberal bias (I, for the record, believe they do), the problem in perception that they do. By not suspending Ms. Hill, say for one week, they just add fuel to the fire. When Curt Shilling makes distasteful comments that offend people of more left-wing sensibilities, he gets fired. When Jemele Hill makes incendiary comments that offend people of a right-wing persuasion, she gets little more than a slap on the wrist.

    Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, your stances on LGBTQ issues or the President’s racial insensitivity, you have to be blind not to see the double-standard from ESPN here.

  • grey

    So this LEFT WING RACIST comments are allowed by ESPN and their Parent company Disney? This is unreal. She should be let go.

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