The controversy surrounding ESPN seems to be growing.
The most recent bit of negativity has been built around SportsCenter host Jemele Hill, who was suspended for two weeks by ESPN after she violated the company’s social media policy for a second time. The first occasion came when Hill labeled Donald Trump as a white supremacist. She also suggested a potential boycott of the NFL’s sponsors.
Hill’s suspension is set to end Sunday, as she’s scheduled to be back on the air Monday. However, The Ringer is reporting that Hill met with ESPN president John Skipper on Sunday, which could bring into question Hill’s future with the company.
“But a key meeting happened Sunday, when Hill sat down with ESPN president John Skipper. According to two sources, the meeting occurred away from the Bristol campus; Hill and Skipper were alone. (ESPN and Hill declined to comment.) It was the first time the two met since September 13, two days after Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and the day that the Trump White House called for her to be fired. As Hill wrote in The Undefeated, she cried during that meeting.”
It’s not unimaginable that Hill would leave ESPN on her own accord. It’s pretty clear that her personal beliefs are clashing with the ideals and standards of ESPN. Maybe she’ll be the latest big name to leave the once dominant sports media company.
[h/t The Spun]