ESPN Suspends Anchor Jemele Hill

SportsCenter anchor pulled for two weeks for tweets
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ESPN has suspended SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks for a violation of the company’s social media guidelines, the network said Monday.

The decision comes after Hill in a tweet yesterday encouraged a boycott of advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones said he would bench any players who knelt during the national anthem.

Hill had come under fire last month for calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" as part of a series of tweets. Hill eventually apologized in a tweet  for putting ESPN in the middle of what she said were her personal beliefs, for which she was unapologetic.

This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

The full ESPN statement reads: “Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelinesd. She 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 the decision.”