Think Progress reported that ESPN tried to replace Jemele Hill, behind the scenes, one of the host of ESPN SportsCenter, despite its public continued support of Hill.
ESPN disputed this reporting by Think Progress.
Jemele Hill’s tweet:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
President Trump’s reply tweet:
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Some agreed with Trump:
I have no problem with politics in sports. But when only left wingers are allowed to politicize sports it's a broken marketplace of ideas.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 12, 2017
No way you could say something like that in the media about Obama without backlash or trouble.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 12, 2017
Some supported Hill:
I'm on Team @jemelehill…
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) September 13, 2017
We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017
What if Obama called for The Apprentice to be cancelled every time you, a private citizen, called him something?
— Vikki V (@MissVikkiV) September 15, 2017