ESPN has suspended its controversy-ridden host Jemele Hill – not for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” as she did only a few weeks ago, but for threatening ESPN’s advertising money.
In a clear example of putting their mouth where their money is, ESPN announced it has temporarily benched Hill after the hostess suggested in a tweet that her followers boycott advertisers of of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Jones threatened to bench any Cowboys player who kneels during the national anthem.
““I know this, we cannot...in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," Jones had said. "We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we're clear."
In response, Hill tweeted:
Apparently, Hill’s targeting a specific NFL team and threatening the bottom line of several NFL-related corporate sponsors was enough to prompt the sports network to suspend her, just a few weeks after they declined to do so following Hill’s race-laden Twitter tirade against the president.
In early September, Hill posted on Twitter calling Trump "bigot" and "white supremacist," alleging his voters were racists and adding, "If he were not white, he never would have been elected."
At the time, ESPN declined to suspend Hill for violating their social media policies.