After a two-week suspension for suggesting fans should boycott Cowboys sponsors, Jemele Hill is coming back to ESPN on Monday. She will be back to team up with Michael Smith to host SC6 but before Hill is back at Bristol, TMZ caught up with Hill at the airport to talk to her about her suspension and comments.

Hill reiterated some of the things she said over the past month, namely that she apologized for putting ESPN in a bad spot. But Hill also revealed that throughout all this, she deserved her suspension.

On whether Hill would leave ESPN due to the suspension:

“Me and ESPN are fine. And it’s just, I know it’s great conjecture to think about what might happen, but, like, we’re fine. We’re in a good place and I’m happy to be back at the network.”

On if Hill will be back on Twitter and whether or not there are any restrictions placed on her:

“I want people to understand this. There was never any restrictions placed on me about Twitter. So, I’ll be back on Twitter, and I’ll be my usual self.”

On whether Hill felt she was treated fairly by ESPN:

“So, here’s how this works is that it doesn’t really matter what I think. It matters to people, but here’s the reality. It’s like, ESPN acted what they felt was right, and, you know, I don’t have any argument or quibble with that. I would tell people, absolutely, after my Donald Trump tweets, I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. Like, absolutely. I violated the policy; I deserved that suspension.”

“Going forward, we’ll be in a good, healthy place. It’ll be fine and I’m looking forward to it.”

“The only thing I’ll ever apologize for is, I put ESPN in a bad spot. I’ll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot and yeah, that’s the truth of it. I regret the position I put them in. I regret, a lot of the people I work with, the position we put our show in. I’ll never take back what I said. So you can take that to mean what it means”

Hill had two notable instances on social media that sparked controversy and both stemmed from the NFL and players kneeling during the national anthem in racial inequality and unfair police brutality protests. After President Donald Trump called for NFL owners to fire “son of a bitch” players who kneel for the anthem and fans to boycott and leave the stadium, Hill tweeted among other things, that Trump was a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

ESPN didn’t approve Hill’s comments and publicly distanced themselves for those comments but didn’t suspend Hill. When she was suspended, it was because Hill tweeted that fans upset with Jerry Jones’ comments about Dallas Cowboys players not playing if they are “disrespecting the flag” should boycott companies sponsoring the Cowboys. It was after that, where Hill inadvertently suggested boycotting companies who also sponsor ESPN, that she was suspended.

[TMZ]

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  • Xenuridesagain

    The mouthy sista will bite SJW Skipper in the butt again

    • Christopher Bates

      It’s rich that you think that a white guy who was born in the South in the 1950s and grew up there, and who regularly gives to Republican political candidates, is a social justice warrior.

      • BobLee Says

        … and graduated from two very liberal universities (UNC and Columbia) and sent eight yeas as an executive at Rolling Stone Magazine. We are all products of our Life Journey. No?

        • Christopher Bates

          It’s hilarious that you think that Columbia–or any Ivy–was “liberal” when he went to college in the 1970s. And we won’t even get into UNC.

          • BobLee Says

            Hey Christopher, I’m just honored to be dialoguing with you. You’re a comment board LEGEND Dude. I got a “rich” and a “hilarious” from you. My week is already complete.

          • Christopher Bates

            Says the mental midget who can’t string two coherent sentences together.

  • MrBeepo

    NEWS FLASH: Ms. Hill is still a dung beetle.

    • Christopher Bates

      Every time you post it, it just gets more brilliant.

      • MrBeepo

        I know and thank you for noticing!

  • smack_libs_around

    Happily, critics will return to Twitter to greet her. And none of them will take back what they say about her, either. But she spent her time productively, making AntiFa bandanas and Molotov cocktails.

  • Carter_Burger67

    Ms Hill, I’d like for you to meet Natalie Maines. Ms Maines didn’t understand who her fan base was either and destroyed her career much in the same way you are about to destroy yours….if you haven’t already.

    • Christopher Bates

      Ah, nitwit Carter_Burger weighs in again. You may want to think about Jemele Hill’s fanbase again, and who is part of it, before you compare her to Natalie Maines.

      • Xenuridesagain

        Fan base? Ha ha ha. The show at 6 clock is flunking in the ratings and nobody wants to hear Ms Hill’s hot takes or her partner the black hipster

        • Christopher Bates

          Interesting that you feel the need to note Michael Smith’s race. Why is that relevant, again?

          And she has 831,000 followers on Twitter. So, it would seem she does indeed have a fan base.

          • Carter_Burger67

            Because he’s black? Just sayin’. and it’s just too bad that most of her 831k followers don’t watch ESPN.

          • Christopher Bates

            And you know that…how?

            I’m sure that most of those 831,000 discovered her due to her successful second career as a Mary Kay representative. (eye roll)

            Don’t you have some McMuffins to heat up or something? The breakfast rush is about to start.

          • Carter_Burger67

            You think those 800k+ people watch ESPN? I’d be willing too bet you that over half of them don’t. And until you can prove to me that those 831k people are just that, and not bots or anything your argument really is moot. dude you are funny. Fucking moron, but funny.

          • Christopher Bates

            Actually, when people read my comments, they might conclude that I’m an asshole, but probably not a moron. It is you–the guy who hasn’t even mastered the distinction between “too” and “to”–who comes off as a moron. With, as we have already established, a small dick.

            And you are free to believe whatever the hell you want about Jemele Hill and her followers, even if your beliefs make no sense whatsoever. That’s the great thing about living in America, it’s not illegal to walk around with your head up your ass 100% of the time.

          • Carter_Burger67

            Ooooo. Correcting my grammar AND insulting the size of my penis. How will I ever survive and continue to live when the likes of you speak that way of me? And trust me, when they read your comments, they conclude you are a moron of the highest caliber as well.

      • Carter_Burger67

        Ah, nitwit Christopher Bates just don’t get it. Thinks the only people that watch ESPN are fans of Jemele Hill and her leftist rants. You may want to think about ESPNs fanbase again, and who is part of it, before excusing her leftist SJW outbursts.

        • Christopher Bates

          You called me a nitwit–where did you come up with that? Oh, right, you stole it from me! Since you’ve never had an original thought of your own, and Fox News didn’t tell you exactly what to think about this subject, I was the only available source to steal from.

          • Carter_Burger67

            Where did you get it from? HuffPo? since you’ve never had an original thought of your own and didn’t come up with it yourself you had to steal it from somewhere.

          • Christopher Bates

            I mocked you for being unable to come up with your own response, and stealing my comment, and you responded by…being unable to come up with your own response, and stealing my comment. The irony is thick.

          • Carter_Burger67

            you responded again by being unable to come up with your own response, and stealing my comment..yes, the irony is thick because you keep missing the point.

          • Christopher Bates

            My best guess here is that you don’t even understand the word ‘irony.’

            In any case, you want a 100% original? Very well. It is clear to me that Carter_Burger is a small man, probably with an even smaller penis, who feels that life has crapped upon him. Instead of take responsibility for his failures, however, he harbors resentments against anyone who does not look and think exactly like him–women, people of color, liberals, gay people, immigrants, etc. And because he doesn’t have the balls to confront anyone face-to-face, he sits at his keyboard and shows us all what an oh-so-typical Internet tough guy looks like. Fortunately for him, he has all day to vent online, because he can’t hold down a job, and so he’s being supported by the welfare checks that are completely ok for him to collect, but that he bashes others for daring to utilize. Fortunately for us, he’ll be dead by the age of 45 or so–maybe 50–either from clogged arteries due to eating cheeseburgers and french fries all day, or else from an overdose of some opioid.

            I may not have batted 1.000 here, but my guess is that I’m at around .850 or .900.

          • Carter_Burger67

            dude, it’s almost too easy for you people sometimes.

            “my guess is that I’m at around .850 or .900.” No, you were right the first time, you are batting 1000 here because you fell for it yet again. And you are still missing the point. But jump again for me my minion!

            ha, hahahahaha.

          • Christopher Bates

            Well, at least you admit you have a small dick.

            I understood your “point”–you think that ESPN’s viewer base is conservative, and doesn’t want to hear what a black woman has to say. I just think it’s dumb.

            Anyhow, you’re boring me, so I’m done with this exchange. Maybe you can find some other guy with a much larger penis–in other words, some other guy–to aim your stupid comments at.

          • Carter_Burger67

            I’m boring…yet you keep responding. Pot meet kettle.

  • MrBull

    Even in trying to defend herself Hill is spinning it!…She wasn’t suspended for her Trump comments, she was suspended for her ‘suggesting’ aka calling for a boycott Cowboys games over Jerry Jones anthem team rules…
    Hill can expect espn will not be happy with theses comments from her and either she will be suspended again and/or terminated from her contract…..

  • BobLee Says

    “Jemele” has become The Face of ESPN and as such should certainly be it’s on-going Voice as well. And The Kaepernickers should kneel and all God’s chillens should do what they gotta do “because”
    …. Jemele and Roger The Commissioner both deserve Prof Irwin Corey merit badges for “said what??”

  • Jane Gray

    Serious question–does ESPN drug test their “talent”? Hill really looks to be on something.

  • sportsfan365

    Nothing Hill does going forward will harm her status, as she appeals to ESPN’s daytime fan base, i.e., unemployed zeros who don’t want to see Trump cut off their taxpayer-provided freebies.

  • Dan

    Can she just go away already?