Amid a backlash from supporters of President Donald Trump, ESPN issued an apology Tuesday after one of the network’s anchors, Jemele Hill, posted a series of tweets Monday in which she called the president “a white supremacist” and claimed in another post, “He is unqualified and unfit to be president.”
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,’’ the network said in a statement. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
In a long series of tweets, Hill called the Commander in Chief “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn't, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Hill added that if Trump weren’t white, he never would have been elected, saying that he is unqualified and unfit to be President.
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Hill has been with ESPN since 2006 and has co-hosted the 6 p.m. broadcast of SportsCenter alongside Michael Smith since February.
It’s not the first time Hill has been in trouble with the network. In an editorial she wrote in 2008, Hill said that rooting for the NBA’s Boston Celtics was like saying Adolf Hitler was a victim. Hill was suspended for those remarks.
In 2009, Hill also said University of Kentucky basketball fans would be satisfied if Charles Manson was the team’s head coach as long as they won. Hill was forced to apologize for that statement.