ESPN’s Jemele Hill Responds to Backlash For Donald Trump White Supremacist Comment

On Monday (Sept. 11), ESPN host Jemele Hill was at the center of controversy for stating her opinion about President 45 Donald Trump via Twitter. In 140 characters or less, Hill shared her personal views on the current state of the political climate, particularly how the Trump administration has been coddling white supremacists in the wake of the violent protests seen in Charlottesville. The tweet read, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Since then, Hill has been at the center of a firestorm, with echoes of support on one side of the spectrum and on the other, racist backlash. Days later, the tweet was even talked about in the White House, as press secretary Sarah Hucakbee Sanders made it a point to say she believed Hill’s comment was a “fireable offense.”

Moreover, ESPN did its best to quickly distance themselves from Hill and her Trump white supremacist comment as soon as possible. The network released a statement on Tuesday (Sept. 12), “The comment on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Yesterday (Sept. 13), the ESPN host took to Twitter to release a statement of public apology, reiterating her “personal beliefs” but denouncing ESPN as a network having any affiliation for the opinions she took ownership of.

“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs,” her statement read. “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.”

Hill has been with ESPN since 2006, when she started with the company as a national columnist. As of February 2017, the journalist now holds the title of co-anchor of SportsCenter.

Despite Hill’s initial tweet being met with its fair share of public outcry, she had the support of some huge names who came to her defense right away. Check out some of our favorite tweets below.

Photo Credit: Jemele Hill/Instagram

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