ESPN’s Jemele Hill did not stick to sports Monday night.
Amid a tweet storm she unleashed that began with criticism of Kid Rock, the outspoken Hill referred to President Trump as a “white supremacist.”
ESPN suits were not pleased and on Tuesday, the network issued a statement on the matter.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Hill’s original tweet went after Rock, the musician toying with a potential Senate run in Michigan. Rock came under fire this week for what some felt was a racially charged speech during a recent show. He wrote on Facebook: “They are trying to use the old confederate flag BS, etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office.”
Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, told his fans to to ignore “the extreme left.”
Hill initially shared an article from The Hill detailing those statements, and in the lengthy stream of comments it generated, she tweeted “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
It remains to be seen if Hill will be disciplined for this. In the past, ESPN has come down hard on employees for getting too political. Former reporter Britt McHenry claims she was laid off this year because of her conservative views, while Curt Schilling, an outspoken conservative voice, was fired by the network last year for making insensitive social media posts about transgender people.