ESPN suspends host Jemele Hill for violating network's social media policy
ESPN has suspended host Jemele Hill for what it called a "second violation of our social media guidelines," the sports network said in a statement Monday.
The move came after Hill, host of the network's 6 p.m. SportsCenter broadcast, posted a tweet urging a boycott of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' advertisers after Jones threatened to bench any player who kneels during the national anthem.
Hill later clarified by posting that she was "not advising an NFL boycott" -- but the damage was already done.
"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," the statement read. "She 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,” it continued. “Hence this decision.”
In September, Hill faced criticism after taking to Twitter to call President Donald Trump a "white supremacist."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that the comments could justify Hill's dismissal.
"I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fire-able offense by ESPN," Sanders said.
In another tweet, she said, "Donald Trump is a bigot," and went on to criticize his supporters, adding "The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me."
ESPN distanced itself from Hill's tweets.
"The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN," the network tweeted from its public relations department's account. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate."
Disney-owned ESPN didn't elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on "SportsCenter" in the weeks following.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.