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White House Calls Jemele Hill Tweet a Fireable Offense

ESPN says issue has been dealt with 9/14/2017 8:48 AM Eastern
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said ESPN anchor Jemele Hill's tweet that the President is a white supremacist unfit for office is a fireable offense.

At the daily briefing Wednesday (Sept. 13), Sanders was asked about the Tweet and said the statement was "one of the most outrageous comments anyone could make."

Hill, who is African American, is the 6 p.m. co-host of SportsCenter.

ESPN released a statement saying: "The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate."

Hill apologized in a tweet Wednesday night (Sept. 13) for putting ESPN in the middle of what she said were her personal beliefs, for which she was unapologetic.

"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs," she wrote. "My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional."

Hill told Sports Illustrated Wednesday: “I have to talk myself out of sending certain tweets several times a day. When you're under the leadership of a president that refuses to condemn Nazis and racism, how am I supposed to function the rest of the day and pretend as if I give a s--- about Blake Bortles losing his job?"

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