Jemele Hill is strongly urging the media to hold NFL team owner Jerry Jones accountable for his controversial past that has come to head.
Hill also sided with LeBron James when he called out the media for not questioning him on the issue but bombarded him when it came to Kyrie Irving.
Hill went on ‘TMZ Live’ with Harvey and Charles to address James’ postgame message on Thursday, saying she believes Black figures and athletes are criticized to a harsher degree in the media.
“This is not to say that there should be no room for accountability, of course,” Hill says. “But it seems that it just is nonstop, and over and over and over again and it’s constant.”
Hill isn’t going for the “curious kid” explanation supporters are pinning on Jones for attending a desegregation protest when he was 14 years old in 1957. She went on to say that it is also his influence as an NFL owner that has kept him from having to explain the matter. But when it came to Irving, he was repeatedly asked whether he was antisemitic.
“I think the difference in [Jerry] and Kyrie in the treatment is not only a failure by the media, but it’s also a difference in power,” Hill said.
“Kyrie, he’s a ‘worker’ in the NBA. Jerry Jones is an owner, and as an owner, he gets to dictate the rules of engagement, so to speak. He also doesn’t have to answer to the media as often as Kyrie Irving does.”
The Atlantic reporter seemed to stand by James, saying there is a legitimate reason for journalists to ask him about the Jones photo. James is a known diehard Cowboys fan and made previous comments denouncing how the team handled the national anthem demonstrations.
Jemele made an interesting point of view when she suggested the situation would be handled differently if the Jones photo controversy or something similar happened in the NBA because she says players run the league instead of the owners, and they wouldn’t let it go over so easily.