ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for tweeting about boycotting Cowboys’ sponsors

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ESPN has suspended Jemele Hill, co-host of the network’s 6 p.m. SportsCenter, over tweets saying fans could affect Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by boycotting the team and its corporate sponsors.

Hill, who recently became the subject of national debate when she labeled President Trump a white supremacist, made her comments on Twitter after Jones said he would insist on all Cowboys players standing for the national anthem. Hill said people who disagree with Jones’ stance shouldn’t expect Cowboys players to defy Jones, but that fans could affect Jones by boycotting his sponsors.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”

Hill later clarified that she was not calling for a Cowboys boycott, merely saying that if fans think Jones was wrong, they could take their own actions rather than expecting the Cowboys’ players to take action.

ESPN, however, was not satisfied.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. 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.”

ESPN has increasingly struggled to deal with criticism both from those who think the network is too stilted and pro-establishment, and from those who think it is too politically correct and biased against conservatives. But the decision to suspend Hill came not over a political issue but a business issue. Many Cowboys sponsors are also ESPN sponsors, and ESPN was not going to tolerate anything that might make those sponsors angry.

121 responses to “ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for tweeting about boycotting Cowboys’ sponsors

  1. she should have known after the last incident, to clarify her tweets to take away any ambiguity

  2. Jemele Hill is a terrible sports “journalist,” and an even worse “talking head.” Her entire persona is a platform. One straight out of the Democratic National Convention.

    She should not have a job in the first place.

  3. haha, you can attack a white president of the USA especially if he’s not a Democrat but don’t you EVER, EVER, attack that money source. That will get you fired.

  4. I agree with Jerry Jones. I applaud him. I am not a fan of the Cowboys, but I’m glad to see an owner do the right thing. I think we should all boycott ESPN until Jemele Hill is fired.

  5. She is obviously super bright! People forget that they are at work and work for a company that pays their bills! And that sponsors pay the company it’s revenue. Go be a political activist on your own time, but not on our sports time. WE DON’T WANT POLITICS AND PEOPLE’S CAUSES JAMMED INTO OUR SPORTS WATCHING!!!! Can owners, players, politicians, and sportscasters just get that simple fact. If I wanted that stuff I would tune into potentially 40-50 other shows to get that. I also don’t tune into political shows to get cooking recipes. I go to the food network!

    Leave the politics out of our sports shows….pleasssssse.

  6. Did not take long to see what Ms. Hill is really about. Two white males, two insulting comments, in less than 4 weeks. And she called them the racists?????

  7. The hallmarks of liberalism:

    Hypocrisy
    Dishonesty
    Delusion
    Slander and name-calling
    Inability to listen to different viewpoints
    Ignorance of history

    Jemele Hill clearly is guilty of all of the above.

  8. 2 week vacation. She’s trying to build her own loud mouth independent brand. All about future money making endeavors since espn has turned into a frat/sorority house.

  9. Ummmm, strike two. Let’s see what ESPN does when she continues her social media rants. The best predictor of future performance is past performance. Time will tell.

  10. .
    The Walt Disney Corporation is the owner of ESPN. Perhaps people who disagree with Ms Hill should start dropping ESPN and the Disney Channel while boycotting their sponsors. They could also avoid patronizing Disneyland and Disneyworld.
    .

  11. I believe if we’re going to learn anything about influence here it’s going to be Jerry’s over ESPN.

  12. “But the decision to suspend Hill came not over a political issue but a business issue.”

    No.
    In this case they overlap. Anyone who has seen her Twitter knows where the comments come from and the sponsors are collateral damage THIS TIME. Further, ESPN is complete garbage for not firing her for the previous tweets, and that alone says all you need to know about them when it comes to ‘those who think it is too politically correct and biased against conservatives’.

  13. The suppression of the 1st Amendment and Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression continues under the Trump administration. Sick times we live in

  14. “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”…………………………………………………………………

    Then come up with some statistics that shows untamed police violence against Blacks. There is none. In Baltimore BLM and their followers like Jamele wanted no cops. The cops backed off and crime skyrocketed..Great solution

  15. ESPN is outright stupid. How do that not see their own pocketbook is affected through lost viewers because of Hill. I don’t watch espn as much and certainly not when her or her cronies are spouting their racist hate speech.

  16. I think people should boycott the advertisers on her show and ESPN and/or ABC for that matter. It should be three strikes and your out. Strike one is that she offers little of substance other than the echo chamber political and racist rants. Strike two was her original suspension. Strike three is the current suspension.

    I used to enjoy watching ESPN to get away from all the politically slanted coverage and commentary. Those days are long gone and the fact that she is still employed is proof that there has been no change.

  17. Well, just be glad she didn’t bring up routes………………………………

    God forbid, then the left would have to protect a misogynist again…

  18. Good thing we have a draft dodger telling us how the respect the flag and military. (Not fake, look it up, key work bone spurs.)

  19. liberals just don’t understand how the business world works. They act like they’re cognitively 12 years old, highly impressionable and intellectually immature. This “save the whales” nonsense gets old the moment you get to high school.

  20. When are people going to figure out that the vast majority of the country supports the flag and the anthem being the wrong time to “make a statement”? There is power in such a boycott because the number of people on that side of the issue is so small.

    Heck, the Cowboys were booed for taking a knee BEFORE the anthem and standing for it. The NFL is learning that the flag and the anthem are a more powerful “brand” than they are. That’s why the powers that be are trying so hard to withdraw from the fight.

    But I’m sure everyone at ESPN that Hill talks to is on the other side of the issue. And simply cannot believe they are in the minority since everyone they know is in the minority with them. That’s why thought bubbles are dangerous.

  21. If she was a right-winger trash talking Hillary or Obama, ESPN would give her a prime-time show of her very own. But that’s because liberals don’t cry about this stuff as much as “conservatives,” who don’t really conserve anything.

  22. ‘there is nothing wrong with what she said . . . nothing’

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    The right or wrong of it is irrelevant. She’s a public personality and her comments reflect upon her employer. Their policy is in place to avoid controversy, to maximize profitability. From her employer’s perspective she’s risking their money, simple as that.

  23. “metitometin says:
    October 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    The suppression of the 1st Amendment and Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression continues under the Trump administration. Sick times we live in”

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    It’s unbelievable that people still do not know what the 1st Amendment is about. Stupid times we live in.

  24. See owners, this is how free speech works at a company. Tell your players to shape up or be suspended. And ESPN do t be hypocrites and allow Michelle Beadle to come tongue her sexist anti white male remarks. She should be suspended too. She said them on air.

  25. The one and only time I watched “The 6” was when this hack was bragging about her Maserati. She sucks and that show sucks.

  26. moosejawman says:
    October 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”…………………………………………………………………

    Then come up with some statistics that shows untamed police violence against Blacks. There is none. In Baltimore BLM and their followers like Jamele wanted no cops. The cops backed off and crime skyrocketed..Great solution
    _______________________________________

    Correct, There is no white police conspiracy to kill black young males…There is no black cop conspiracy to kill black young males. The bad cops, like in NC and CHI, went to jail where they belong. Just because an outcome does not go your way, does not mean that there is an issue. I live in good ole Bawlmer, Almost all crime at minimum 75 percent is black on black gang related crime. It is very sad, we should be focused on that and Chicago.

  27. She should be fired. Once a female cohost of a local (liberal)sports talk station I listen to referred to her as the biggest racist on TV. That was 2 years ago.

  28. Guess I won’t be watching the game tonight.

    Strange (not really) how many Trumpers are against free speech and expression unless you’re a neo-nazi – then it’s MERCA!

  29. Wish EVERY NFL owner would sign up for the Jerry Jones approach. ESPN shoulhave fired her the first time. I plan on listening to tonight’s game on Sirius and following on NFL.COM

  30. I think that we should boycott ESPN’s sponsors until Hill is fired. Don’t attack ESPN and don’t attack Hill, boycott the sponsors. That is the only way that ESPN will change its ways. See how that works?

  31. I noticed something weird during the Cowboys/Packers game. There were NO Pepsi/Coke commercials, nor were there any Budweiser commercials, nor were there any Coors ads. I don’t think I have ever watched a game without commercials from at least two of those three being prominently displayed. Wonder why?

  32. The suppression of the 1st Amendment and Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression continues under the Trump administration. Sick times we live in…………………

    Oh really? Everyone can speak their mind, just like everyone else has a right to react and comment on it. Thats the lefts problem. They do not allow discussion. The American people and the President have every right to dissent. No one says players can’t protest. But the left wants the right to be quiet about it. That sir, is fascism

  33. f1restarter says:
    October 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    The hallmarks of liberalism:

    Hypocrisy
    Dishonesty
    Delusion
    Slander and name-calling
    Inability to listen to different viewpoints
    Ignorance of history

    ________________________________________________

    Trump’s a liberal? New one on me.

    Seriously though, that list works for extreme liberals or extreme conservatives.

    Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Michael Moore and Tucker Carlson could all be abducted by aliens, and the United States would be all the better for it.

  34. I wonder where her outrage is about the 16 yr old BLACK kid (and yes, they made sure to keep his race outof the article as long as they could) who killed a father in front of his kids, raped a woman, and held the daughters at gunpoint? Were the victims white? Ohhh that’s right… These people can protest all day long if they want, but they should not use the Anthem as a pawn. They are sure happy to take all the money that AMerica throws at them, but then show complete and utter disrespect and disregard for everyone that got them to where they are. Typical.

  35. Here’s an idea, just keep the players in the locker room during the anthem, just like they used to do up until 1999. And then let them get out there and play football that’s all I care about

  36. She got suspended trying to protect the sell out Cowboys players….and watch none of them come to her defense.

    Boycotting the NFL is useless. Nobody would understand the message because they don’t know if you’re boycotting Flag-Kneeelkng or Kaepernick being blackballed.

  37. My God she’s arrogant.

    The funny thing is of course that the people that are offended by Jerry Jones don’t have any money to buy anything

  38. if theres anything that doesnt work in America, its boycotting sponsors, people are too self absorbed to give up anything. If boycotting worked there would be no Iphone or Walmart right now

  39. fgh678 says:
    October 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    Good thing we have a draft dodger telling us how the respect the flag and military. (Not fake, look it up, key work bone spurs.)

    ——————
    You should probably boycott his sponsors.

  40. The thing is this is why espn gave her and Smith the 6pm gig in the first place. To bring some social commentary into the mix. It’s the only reason, since they are 2 of the most bland announcers at the network. Now when she does what they pay her for, they suspend her. All about the money…just like when they suspended Simmons.

  41. Considering how those exact same companies are all ESPN sponsors – and therefore help pay Jamele’s paycheck – she probably shouldn’t have called for a boycott.

  42. Gotta love ESPN’s thought process. …wait a minute here…some of JJ’s sponsors are some of OUR sponsors…OMG this might cost US money…we have to do something!

  43. abanig says:

    So much for free speech.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You obviously have no understanding of what free speech is. It’s really not hard to understand – if a person is willing to have an open mind in regards to free speech.

    Jemele was and is free to make the all the comments that she has made. She has not been – and will not be – arrested for having made them.

    She is being punished for her comments – by her employer – because they could very well be damaging to her employer. That is their right.

    Just like the players and the NFL. The NFL has every right to fine or suspend the players for actions detrimental to the league.

    And I expect that to start happening pretty soon. The NFL has bent over backwards to give the players a chance to make their issues heard. The players have failed to realize that they are now doing significant damage to the league.

    The NFL will be forced into action soon.

  44. And I expect that to start happening pretty soon. The NFL has bent over backwards to give the players a chance to make their issues heard. The players have failed to realize that they are now doing significant damage to the league.

    The NFL will be forced into action soon.
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    I don’t see how they can now. They pretty much applauded and cheered on these protests a couple of weeks ago. For them to now say “ok that’s enough” no matter the reason why will be hypocritical and piss off the protestor side too.

  45. I agree with many of her takes, but going after your client’s–the Cowboys and the nfl are part of the same entity–customers might be taking it too far. Why not suggest boycotting espn for doing business with the Cowboys? Her role is filtering the news in a way that supports the people on the right side of this issue. She can’t do that if she gets herself fired.

  46. “if theres anything that doesnt work in America, its boycotting sponsors, people are too self absorbed to give up anything. If boycotting worked there would be no Iphone or Walmart right now”

    Tell that to Kellogg’s

  47. Jerry Jones financially supports his players and also supports their causes off the field. I don’t believe any of them will disrespect him by protesting the flag and anthem.

  48. Yet Rush Limbaugh got the boot off ESPN almost 24 hours after his comments – followed up with on air apologies by Berman and team. Double-standards galore.

  49. Are people realizing that in any other workplace protesting in this manner would get you fired? We are asked to be considerate to these players that are protesting, but they don’t have to be considerate to the people that are offended by their kneeling. Why do the protesters get the pass but not the people that desire to keep something(s) like the anthem sacred?

  50. Most importantly is her show sucks and it’s hard to believe she’s not been fired by now for low ratings. T soon enough she’ll have all the time she needs to spend on the resistance. espn should spend more time following the adidas money and shut down big time college athletics. that’s a cause worth fighting for and people who deserve and value education would win….

  51. You obviously have no understanding of what free speech is. It’s really not hard to understand – if a person is willing to have an open mind in regards to free speech.

    Jemele was and is free to make the all the comments that she has made. She has not been – and will not be – arrested for having made them.

    She is being punished for her comments – by her employer – because they could very well be damaging to her employer. That is their right.

    Just like the players and the NFL. The NFL has every right to fine or suspend the players for actions detrimental to the league.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    Well said. Free speech works both ways. That seems to be what is most forgotten when people engage in these conversations.

  52. Ok. I.e. she’s gone for 2 weeks, everyone should watch her show. When she’s back, stop watching. ESPN will get the point and fire her!

  53. Hill knows exactly what she is doing. She is boosting her brand by controversy and wants to get out of sports because she thinks she is the next Oprah. Google it.

  54. “they don’t have to be considerate of the people offended by their kneeling”.

    Ask yourself, why are you offended? What personal offense occurs to you because someone doesn’t stand for the anthem? Is it really something that rises to the level of being personally offended?

  55. They should fire her didn’t give others second chances. The SC 6 show is terrible anyways won’t miss her or Smith. They should cut that show. I don’t watch espn specifically at that time if those two are on.

  56. Ms. Hill was enabled last time and her co-worker said he would not do the show without her.

    Now, a slap on the wrist for “show” more than a corrective action to educate.

    Ms. Hill was in need of anger management and impulse control coaching. The question is will ESPN insist on it and pay for it?

  57. A white male would have been fired over anything resembling her first incident a few months ago…don’t pretend that’s not true. That’s how it is now, but we’re finally seeing some push back.

  58. That show stinks anyway. I’ve tried watching it several times,and I always come away with the feeling that it’s more about the two of them not particularly liking white people than about top sports stories. If she can’t control her social media impulses,right or wrong,then she needs to go.

  59. Hill knows exactly what she is doing. She is boosting her brand by controversy and wants to get out of sports because she thinks she is the next Oprah. Google it.
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    Your probably right. Her latest tweets arent that bad compared to the ones about Trump and his administration being white supremacists and such. Those were crossing the line to the point that she knew there would be negative fallout from it. She was suspended in 2008 for writing a blog comparing Boston sports fans to Nazis. So she knows whats shes doing, and that her employer doesnt like it. Now that she feels her brand is growing she appears to be forcing ESPNs hand to fire her completing her exit out of sports into politics/talk shows while playing a victim of racism. Of course they havnt fired her yet, but in due time she will give them no choice.

  60. Take a look at the racial makeup of tv & radio personalities that have been summarily fired for exercising their freedom of speech then ask if there is a level playing field.

    Her and her partner are the most smarmy, condescending and disingenuous pair in the industry. Was the original intent to create a show that hammered on whites? That’s what it deteriorated into. Not sure who ESPN thought the target audience would be.

  61. Of all the on air talent ESPN “LAID OFF” they keep her, Kurt Schilling was let go for far less, ESPN SUCKS

  62. ESPN again is clueless. This Jemele Hill tweet stated a fact and she was suspended. Her previous one that caused trouble was more on the opinion side of things. So ESPN, where opinions are more important than facts. Got it.

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