By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz
ESPN again put its foot down on Jemele Hill’s social agenda when the sports media powerhouse suspended Hill for two weeks after she sent out a tweet Monday night regarding a boycott of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ sponsors according to @ESPNPR on Twitter.
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Hill called for push against Jones’ sponsors, saying, “[c]hange happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about [Jones’] statement, boycott his advertisers.”
Hill’s tweets came after Jones said Sunday, “if we are disrespecting the flag, we will not play,” insinuating a benching of players that choose to kneel during the national anthem.
ESPN released a statement earlier today on the matter:
ESPN’s Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
Hill was previously reprimanded for comments about President Donald Trump, calling him a “white supremacist.”
Hill has not yet released a statement since the suspension.
Many reporters, like TNT’s David Aldridge and The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, jumped to Hill’s side in her initial run-in with ESPN’s social media policy. Thompson tweeted on September 13, “I’m ridin’ with you, @jemelehill”, while Aldridge changed his Twitter avatar to a picture of Hill for multiple weeks.