ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill's Trump tweets - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill's Trump tweets

Posted: Updated:
Jemele Hill attends ESPN: The Party 2017 held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) Jemele Hill attends ESPN: The Party 2017 held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill's tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump "a white supremacist" and "a bigot."

"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."

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."

Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of "SportsCenter," also added that "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."

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."

Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening's "SportsCenter" broadcast as usual.

While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting "We are with you @jemelehill."

Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, received plenty of criticism - and support - after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Arrest Made In Lawrence County Double Murder

    Arrest Made In Lawrence County Double Murder

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-11-21 03:57:18 GMT
    One person is behind bars after two different shootings in eastern Kentucky today. Kentucky State Police tells 13 News that 2 people were shot in different locations along Yellow Creek Road in Lawrence County. Mary Evans-Smith and Randy Belvins were shot and killed in two different homes on Monday. Elden Shannon Muncy, age 21 has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.  
    One person is behind bars after two different shootings in eastern Kentucky today. Kentucky State Police tells 13 News that 2 people were shot in different locations along Yellow Creek Road in Lawrence County. Mary Evans-Smith and Randy Belvins were shot and killed in two different homes on Monday. Elden Shannon Muncy, age 21 has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.  
  • A Father And Son Bond Through Hunting As They Carry On A Family Tradition

    A Father And Son Bond Through Hunting As They Carry On A Family Tradition

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:32 PM EST2017-11-21 03:32:25 GMT

    Many families are hitting the woods this week as gun-buck season kicks off. 

    Many families are hitting the woods this week as gun-buck season kicks off. 

  • CBS News Suspends Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Report

    CBS News Suspends Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Report

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:53 PM EST2017-11-21 01:53:16 GMT

    NEW YORK -- CBS News said Monday evening that "CBS This Morning" anchor Charlie Rose has been suspended following a report in the Washington Post in which eight women accused him of sexual harassment. 

    NEW YORK -- CBS News said Monday evening that "CBS This Morning" anchor Charlie Rose has been suspended following a report in the Washington Post in which eight women accused him of sexual harassment. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hunter accidentally shoots 11-year-old son in face

    Hunter accidentally shoots 11-year-old son in face

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:25 PM EST2017-11-20 19:25:50 GMT

    Authorities say a man accidentally shot his 11-year-old son in the face while they were hunting.

    Authorities say a man accidentally shot his 11-year-old son in the face while they were hunting.

  • 10-year-old dies in tragic accident on park swing set

    10-year-old dies in tragic accident on park swing set

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:13 AM EST2017-11-20 14:13:07 GMT

    A 10-year-old boy is dead after a tragic accident on a swing set authorities said.

    A 10-year-old boy is dead after a tragic accident on a swing set authorities said.

  • 4 people dead after apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

    4 people dead after apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:48 PM EST2017-11-20 20:48:10 GMT

    A young child, a teenager, and two adults died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside a home in West Virginia.

    A young child, a teenager, and two adults died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside a home in West Virginia.

Powered by Frankly