Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of ESPN’s social media guidelines, their statement read. “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.”
Here are some other facts we know about Hill.
1. Hill is an American sports journalist who is a co-host of ESPN’s flagship SportsCenter. She previously wrote a column for ESPN.com’s Page 2 and formerly hosted ESPN’s His and Hers.
2. She was born in Detroit in 1975 and graduated from Mumford High School in 1993, then attended Michigan State University.
3. Hill began her career as general assignment sports writer for the Raleigh News & Observer. From 1999 to 2005, she served as a sports writer with the Detroit Free Press, mainly covering Michigan State football and basketball.
4. She joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist on ESPN.com. Hill made regular appearances on television, including SportsCenter and several ESPN programs, including ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines and The Sports Reporters.
5. During the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Hill was suspended from her post after referencing Adolf Hitler in an article about the then-NBA champion Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. In an editorial describing why she could not support the Celtics, Hill wrote: “Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan. Deserving or not, I still hate the Celtics.” Hill was subsequently suspended for one week and she issued an apology through ESPN.
6. On September 11, 2017, Hill made a series of tweets critical of President Donald Trump, including describing him as a “white supremacist.” ESPN issued a statement saying Hill’s comments “do not represent the position of ESPN. Hill later clarified that she stood by her comments as representative of her personal beliefs; “My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light.
7. On October 9, 2017, ESPN suspended Hill for two weeks for a “second violation of our social media guidelines”