This past weekend was marked with multiple political demonstrations at sporting events. None capture the American imagination quite like the National Anthem protests at National Football League games. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of one game after players took a knee. Now it appears that there’s more drama off the field, as well.
ESPN commentator Jemele Hill is in hot water again. The network suspended Hill on Monday after what they’ve characterized as “a second violation of our social media guidelines.”
As the New York Post reports, “ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz signaled that Hill’s offending tweet involved suggesting fans boycott Cowboys advertisers if they were upset Jerry Jones told his players they would stand for the national anthem or be benched.”
The Cowboy’s owner’s announcement has made many Anthem protestors furious. Hill’s suggestion is to hit him where it hurts: the wallet.
“This play always work,” she posted Sunday. “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”
This didn’t go over well with someone at ESPN, and Hill sent out a clarification. “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”
“I’m not advocating a boycott…, but….” It doesn’t seem like she sees eye-to-eye with the management at ESPN. The network is beholden to advertisers.
This is the second time in two months Hill has created news. A tweet labeled Donald Trump as a white supremacist. The extra attention brought to the network wasn’t welcome. Hill was reprimanded, but kept on.
“She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet,” ESPN said in a statement. “In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”