ESPN's Jemele Hill issues statement about controversial Donald Trump tweets
Hill apologized, but not for what you would think.
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.
“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.