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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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.