After two weeks away from ESPN, amidst much debate as to whether or not she should have been suspended, Jemele Hill returns today. Some questioned if the suspension would ultimately lead to her leaving the network, but Hill rejoins her co-host of SC6, Michael Smith, after he hosted the show solo while she was sidelined.
TMZ caught up with Hill at the Los Angeles International Airport where she expressed an understanding of the consequences stating, “After my Donald Trump tweets I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. Like, absolutely. I violated the policy; I deserved that suspension.”
Earlier in September, Hill disparaged President Trump, calling him a “white supremacist,” tweeting he is “the most ignorant, offensive president of [her] lifetime,” a “bigot” and “unfit to be president.”
The network chose not to take action after her criticisms of the president and it wasn’t until she responded to Jerry Jones’ claim that he would bench any players who “disrespect the flag” that she was suspended. Hill tweeted, “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about [Jerry Jones’] statement, boycott his advertisers.”
Some of those advertisers were also sponsors of ESPN leading to her suspension from the network stating, “Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines.”
Even though the SC6 anchor was suspended for social media violations, she says ESPN has not told her what to do regarding twitter. Hill told TMZ, “I want people to understand this: There was never any restrictions placed on me, about Twitter. Never. So, I’ll be back on Twitter, and I’ll be my usual self.” ESPN’s political guidelines for employees states to “refrain from overt partisanship,” and “avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric.”
Hill continued by telling TMZ she does “regret the position [she] put them in,” referring to the show and network. Jemele Hill and Michael Smith will be reunited on SC6, today (Monday) at 6pm ET on ESPN.