ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweet about Cowboys advertisers

Jemele Hill
FILE - This is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo showing Jemele Hill attending ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media. Hill, who is African-American, received criticism from the network last month after referring to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist." On Monday, oct. 9, 2017, Hill targeted Jerry Jones, after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — ESPN has suspended Jemele Hill after they say the Sports Center host violated social media guidelines for a second time.

The two-week suspension announcement Monday afternoon came after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that if players disrespected the U.S. flag would “not play.”

“But if there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.” Jones said.


In a tweet, Hill suggested that if fans disagree with Jones then they should boycott Dallas Cowboys advertisers.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” Hill’s tweet late Sunday night said in part.

ESPN said that Hill’s tweet “reflected negatively” on the network.

“(Hill) 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,” the ESPN statement said in part.

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