After the White House today suggested ESPN host Jemele Hill's recent tweet calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" is "a "fireable offense", some noteworthy people came to her defense". Period", that "he has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).
It began with Hill calling Trump a white supremacist who surrounds himself with other white supremacists, then got even more inflammatory as her followers responded.
Hill has previously discussed the difficulty she has keeping away from making public comments with a political charge.
"If the president was so clear, as he said, why do you think influential African American figures are saying things like this?" the reporter asked.
ESPN host Jemele Hill caused a firestorm after referring to Donald Trump as a white supremacist.
"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", ESPN said.
Jemele Hill smiles as she attends the ESPN: The Party 2017 on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
ESPN released a statement on Tuesday distancing itself from Hill's comments, saying they don't reflect the network's views. Curt Schilling, a former baseball pitcher-turned ESPN analyst, weighed in on the debate about bathroom laws in North Carolina past year and was shown the door nearly instantly. Those were the "facts", she told her social media critics.
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, who was sacked from ESPN for comments he made on social media in 2016, took to Sean Hannity's radio show Wednesday afternoon to excoriate the network's "liberal racism". "I don't know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they're blind".
Hill, 41, attended Mumford High School and Michigan State, before working at the Detroit Free Press.
Reports also pointed out that the channel recently pulled an Asian-American football broadcaster from a college football game at University of Virginia because his name was Robert Lee, same as the Confederate general.
The violence led to the death of one counter-protester.