Jemele Hill, the embattled ESPN host who has faced criticism across the board for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter, received a nod of support from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, himself a lightning rod of controversy over his decision to kneel for the national anthem.
Kaepernick took to social media to offer a perfunctory show of solidarity for Hill, writing: “We are with you @jemelehill.”
We are with you @jemelehill ✊
The kerfuffle stems from a Monday tweet that saw Hill castigate the president along racial lines, claiming: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
On Tuesday, ESPN released a statement that appeared to indicate that Hill got off with a slap on the wrist, especially considering that ESPN and other sports networks have fired conservative employees for making inflammatory political remarks.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said. “We have addressed this with Jemele, and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Last year, former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling was fired from his ESPN broadcasting job after making a Facebook post that was perceived as transphobic in light of the North Carolina bathroom bill controversy. He was also suspended previously for making comments deemed offensive toward Muslims.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the network said at the time. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”