Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, has been caught up in a windstorm of controversy over the last week due to tweets she sent out about President Donald Trump on Monday (Sept. 11). “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” the most notable tweet read. Now she is apologizing, but not for what most would people think for.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
“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.”
In a response to Hill’s remarks, ESPN, who has fired employees in the past for controversial statements, acknowledged that though her tweets had crossed a line, the network had accepted her apology.
Hill has received scoldings from everywhere from radio disk jockeys to the White House. But she has also received a lot of support, as people have tweeted with the hashtag #ISupportJemeleHill.