On Monday, while patriotic Americans were remembering the victims of 9/11, ESPN SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill jumped on Twitter to bash the president.
Hill needed way more than 140 characters to get her point across, and that was that Donald Trump is ignorant, racist, offensive, threatening, unqualified, and unfit for the job. So, she launched into a multi-tweet rant:
And to no one’s surprise, her employer let her off easy with a standard slap on the wrist:
We’re fine with her First Amendment rights to say whatever she’d like, but it does leave us wondering what might be the fate of an ESPN host had they said something disparaging about Barack Obama.
We’ve already seen this double standard at play by ESPN before in firing its on-air talent for expressing conservative ideas. Curt Schilling comes to mind, as does Britt McHenry, and ex-anchor Linda Cohn who was told not to come back to work after she said ESPN talks too much politics.
SportsCenter morning co-host Sage Steele better watch out. She, too, has complained that people would rather tune in to watch sports over politics. Hope she doesn’t get too comfortable in her chair with that attitude. Maybe Steele should call Trump a racist and perhaps get considered for a promotion.
Or, we can all just sit back and watch ESPN burn from within.