Colin Kaepernick, others Tweet support for ESPN's Jemele Hill amid Trump controversy
Jemele Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of ESPN's "SportsCenter," got into a controversy over comments she posted on Twitter calling President Donald Trump "a white supremacist" and "a bigot."
On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, "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
"The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN," the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department's account. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate."
But several athletes and people in the media took to Twitter to voice support for the anchor, including unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who posted "We are with you (at)jemelehill."
Colin Kaepernick, NFL quarterback.
We are with you @jemelehill ✊— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017
Reggie Miller, former NBA player and currently game analyst for TNT.
I'm on Team @jemelehill ...— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) September 13, 2017
Some members of the media also took to Twitter to voice their support for Hill.
Greg Howard, New York Times reporter.
espn threw jemele hill under the bus in order to appease the same pigs who bombard her with racism and sexism all day every single day— Greg Howard (@greghoward88) September 12, 2017
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk Managing Editor.
Is there really not a single person at ESPN with enough guts to publicly take Jemele Hill's side as management tries to muzzle her?— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) September 13, 2017
Cari Champion, ESPN anchor.
Gabrielle Union, actress.
But some former ESPNers didn't feel the same way.
Curt Schilling, former MLB pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst.
anyone asking. She didn't get fired 'cauee disney and ESPN are fine w/liberal racism vs conservative logic. Only naysayers to that are liars— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) September 13, 2017
Britt Henry, former ESPN reporter.
If I said anything of equivalency to Obama, I would have been gone much sooner than I was. https://t.co/PBt0SyefWh— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 12, 2017
If I favorited a tweet that wasn't favorable towards President Obama I would get reprimanded. Can't call the President a White Supremacist.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 12, 2017
How do you feel about her comments?