Hill called the president a bigot and a white supremacist and the backlash resulting from her opinions caused ESPN to release a statement saying that Hill's thoughts don't reflect the thoughts of the company.
Hill gave an incredible performance as a sports anchor in a show called First Take which landed her a full-time position as an ESPN sports broadcaster. When she got suspended and yelled at by ESPN President John Skipper, for even daring to opine that the network was talking too much about politics. He is not a leader. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her action were inappropriate", the network said in a statement.
Said another, different ESPN personality, "If Jemele can say that and Linda can't say what she said, what kind of standard actually exists here?"
"The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. You never forget what that's like", she replied to one of her critics. The Washington Post reported that after sports reporter Britt McHenry was laid off, she later suggested to Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis that being conservative played a role in being booted from the network.
ESPN made clear Tuesday that the cable sports channel's views do not reflect those of Hill.
"They definitely overpaid for many of these products, whether it's the National Basketball Association or starting up networks like the Pac-12 Network and SEC Network", she said on WABC's "Bernie and Sid Show".
You don't have to agree with Hill to acknowledge that she is not an outlier. Without naming Trump, ESPN's "Mike & Mike" co-host Mike Greenberg commented on the president's response to Charlottesville.
ESPN notoriously fired Curt Schilling over a cartoon criticizing North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" over transgender use of public bathrooms.
After ESPN slapped Hill's wrist, support poured in from the sports world - Kaepernick, Dwyane Wade, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash among her defenders - and Hollywood.
He pointed out that former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling was sacked from his analyst position by the network when he retweeted a meme that was deemed offensive to the LGBTQ community.