ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for violation of social media guidelines

Jemele Hill and Michael Smith in Los Angeles

Jemele Hill and Michael Smith in Los Angeles

ESPN columnist Jemele Hill attends ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco.

ESPN suspended "SportsCenter" anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks on Monday, the network announced, after Hill violated the company's social media guidelines over the weekend. Hill on Sunday said football fans should boycott advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys if they were offended by the team owner's threats to bench players who did not kneel during the national anthem.

The suspension comes less than a month after Hill apologized for "letting down" her co-workers after a controversial Twitter rant in which she called Donald Trump "a white supremacist". Then, ESPN excused her for it without punishment because Trump had made people "upset". Hill said that "Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones". Change happens when advertisers are impacted.

James Miller, an author who wrote the a book on ESPN's history, "Those Guys Have All The Fun", tweeted Monday that Jones did not ask for Hill to be suspended.

The network alluded to disciplinary action, but did not provide any details. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate".

This post was previously published on The Hollywood Reporter. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the remarks "a fireable offense" days later during a press briefing.

There's been a substantial backlash to the backlash, with Hill's supporters saying she described Trump accurately in the original tweetstorm, and should not be reprimanded for having done so. "Hence this decision", the statement said.

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