ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill for Second Violation of Social Media Guidelines

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October 9, 2017

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill was suspended on Monday for violating the sports network's social media guidelines for the second time in the last month.

Hill encouraged her Twitter followers on Sunday night to boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' advertisers after he threatened to bench any players that knelt during the national anthem, according to the Hill.

"This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers," Hill tweeted.

"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," the network said in a statement. "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," the statement continued. "Hence this decision."

Hill previously got in trouble with ESPN last month when she tweeted that President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist."

"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," Hill tweeted.

ESPN condemned Hill's tweet, calling it "inappropriate" and saying it does not "represent the position of ESPN."

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