Trump slams ESPN host, MSU grad Jemele Hill

Trump slams ESPN host, MSU grad Jemele Hill

Trump slams ESPN host, MSU grad Jemele Hill

Donald Trump directed a tweet at Jemele Hill on Tuesday morning following ESPN's announcement that they were suspending the sports journalist for violating their social media guidelines. He and Hill have co-anchored the 6 p.m. show - billed as "SC6" - since February.

As he had done before, Smith declined to host Monday's SportsCenterwithout Hill, but this time the network had another anchor, Matt Barrie, fill in.

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said, ESPN reported.

Trump reacted to that, saying "ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming)".

Hill tweeted about Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his comments about making players stand for the national anthem. Hill was suspended a day earlier for comments about the ongoing national anthem protests.

In a statement announcing Hill's suspension, ESPN noted an incident last month in which the commentator apologized for using Twitter to express her belief that President Trump is a white supremacist and a bigot. "So I felt that we need to take into account what Jemele and other people at ESPN were feeling at this time".

President Trump then turned his attention to ESPN host Jemele Hall, who was suspended from the network Monday for more controversial tweets. In doing so, she broke the network's rule prohibiting its employees from making political statements on social media. The Cowboys will likely maintain their Anthem stance for seasons to come, which means a boycott of games on ESPN next season and beyond. "I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem", Pence, a former governor of IN, said IN a statement about the seemingly orchestrated display.

The comments stirred a firestorm on Twitter, leading ESPN to respond with a statement calling her tweets "inappropriate".

The president has urged National Football League owners to fire or suspend players who take a knee during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before games.

Hill's new tweets present a hard problem for ESPN.

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