Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks after violating ESPN’s social media guidelines, for a second time.
The network announced its decision Monday afternoon, saying Hill “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,” the network said in a statement.
ESPN’s decision comes after Hill encouraged a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys franchise in the wake of owner Jerry Jones warning to his players. If you recall, Jones threatened to bench any player who “disrespects our flag.” ⠀⠀
She reportedly tweeted, “Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.”
“If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players,” she added, CNN reports.
“Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives,” she clarified. “If fans really are that upset about what JJ & Stephen Ross have done, don’t call the players sellouts, but you’re watching every Sunday.”