By David Walker | 06/05/18 12:18:55Fox Sports host Jemele Hill called on her network to take a stand against President Donald Trump after his tweets about ESPN and NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
Hill told The New York Times on Sunday that her network’s programming is now “more critical” of the president’s comments.
“You have to have your heart in the right place.
You have to be very conscious of the optics, which is what we’re seeing,” Hill said.
Our commitment to freedom of speech, free speech, and freedom of expression is absolute, and Jemele is wrong to think otherwise,” Skipper told Fox Sports’ Jemele Fisher in a statement. “
I think if you’re doing the same thing, you’re making the world look bad.”ESPN President John Skipper said Monday that Hill’s tweets are “unacceptable” and said ESPN has no tolerance for disrespect for the anthem.
“Our commitment to freedom of speech, free speech, and freedom of expression is absolute, and Jemele is wrong to think otherwise,” Skipper told Fox Sports’ Jemele Fisher in a statement.
“We will not tolerate disrespect of the flag, the anthem, or of our fans.”
Hill tweeted on Sunday, “ESPN &nbcsnl: The president is wrong and he’s wrong about this.
We have to show him the error of his ways.
Let him know how wrong he is.”ESPN has a history of running shows about politics, including Trump’s election victory in November and his White House.
ESPN host Jemelle Williams has also been outspoken in her support of the Black Lives Matter movement and has spoken out against the president.
“When you take a knee during the anthem to honor our fallen heroes, you are disrespecting your country, disrespecting the flag,” Williams said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly last year.
“That’s what he is doing.”
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