ESPN Responds to Jemele Hill Tweets Is it a matter of free speech, or company's policy?

After ESPN analyst and co-host of “SC 6” Jemele Hill made headlines last month for calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist, ESPN released a statement that her views do not reflect that of the company and that Hill understands her actions were inappropriate.

Hill has not been afraid to express her first amendment right and has used Twitter as her main platform. With her initial tweet, she has also sent out several more, going on a raid over Trump calling him ignorant and offensive.

Since ESPN’s statement hit the airwaves last month, they have proceeded to suspend Jemele Hill for two weeks because she recently violated their social media policy.

According to ESPN’s guidelines:

“At ESPN, our reputation and credibility with viewers, readers and listeners are paramount. Related to political and social issues, our audiences should be confident our original reporting of news is not influenced by political pressures or personal agendas.”

With all that is going in politics and sports, it’s somewhat easy to see the kind of reactions these comments could cause, and ESPN doing what they feel is best. What do you think of ESPN’s response to Hill’s tweets? Let us know in the comment section below.

Chad Sanchez

I'm an alumni of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism. Married with two children, residing in Houston, TX but originally from Dallas, TX so I love the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys. I love sports, gaming and fashion and how they all wrap together into a unique culture. Hoping to turn my passion into a career.

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