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.
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.
Dance for the white man, Jamele pic.twitter.com/JxlB4xWoHm— Bianca (@iMsBianca) October 21, 2017
In other words, "I need my job."— Sandy Roycraft (@sandytex_) October 21, 2017
Oh no baby what is you doing— Joe (@highnwoke) October 21, 2017
At least she gets it and understands can’t oppose the company you work for— Mike Trainor (@MikeTrainorMFT) October 21, 2017
Accusing her of selling out, yet countless football players still not taking knee. They have more numbers and more power. We attack her..— amy (@sarcastamy) October 21, 2017
@jemelehill don't let them brainwash you sista— R C (@sxual_chclate) October 21, 2017
(Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for ESPN)