Here’s Why Jemele Hill Says She “Deserved That Suspension"

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11:  ESPN host Jemele Hill at BODY at ESPYS at Avalon on July 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for ESPN)

Here’s Why Jemele Hill Says She “Deserved That Suspension"

She says "we will be fine" and has no hard feelings toward ESPN.

Published October 21, 2017

Jemele Hill is set to return to her desk on ESPN’s SportsCenter after the network suspended her for two weeks for (true) comments she made about Donald Trump and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

  1. If anyone was wondering if things would be awkward upon Hill’s arrival back on the set, apparently she’s thought about it and doesn’t seem to have hard feelings toward her employer. TMZ caught up with her on Saturday (October 21) and asked her about the situation.

    “Me and ESPN are fine,” she said while at LAX. “I know it’s great conjecture to think about [whether she would leave ESPN over the suspension], but, like, we’re fine. We’re in a good place and I’m happy to be back at the network.

    “I want people to understand this: There was never any restrictions placed on me, about Twitter,” she continued. “So, I’ll be back on Twitter, and I’ll be my usual self.”

    On whether she believes ESPN treated her unfairly, her response may surprise many, especially those who caped for her.

    “So, here’s how this works: It doesn’t really matter what I think. It matters to people, but here’s the reality: ESPN acted what they felt was right, and, you know, I don’t have any argument or quibble with that,” she said. “I would tell people, absolutely, after my Donald Trump tweets, I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. Like, absolutely. I violated the policy; I deserved that suspension.

    “The only thing I’ll ever apologize for is, I put ESPN in a bad spot,” she continued. “I’ll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot, that’s the truth of it. I regret the position I put them in. I regret, a lot of the people I work with, the position we put our show in. I’ll never take back what I said.”

    Social media also gave their input. See what they had to say as well as video of TMZ’s interview with Jemele Hill below.

  2. Some were mad at her defense of ESPN:
  3. While others came to her defense:

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for ESPN)

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