ESPN Created Its New Social Media Guidelines For Employees And People Think It's All Because Of Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill

ESPN Created Its New Social Media Guidelines For Employees And People Think It's All Because Of Jemele Hill

Wait until you read the part about posting about politics.

Published November 3, 2017

Last week, Jemele Hill returned to co-hosting ESPN's SportsCenter after the network suspended her for two weeks over a second violation of its social media guidelines.

This week, the Worldwide Leader In Sports introduced its new social media guidelines and people can't help but think that the new rules were made in direct response to Hill, who was suspended after tweeting and calling President Trump a "white supremacist" in September and tweeting about boycotting Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones earlier this month.

Why is that? Well, check out the guideline on posting about politics.

“Communication with producers and editors must take place prior to commentary on any political or social issues to manage volume and ensure a fair and effective presentation,” ESPN's updated guidelines read.

And people have plenty to say about that. Check out some of these reactions.


  1. The always outspoken Michael Rapaport flat out called ESPN's new social media guidelines 'the jemele rules'

    ESPN just announced “The Jemele Rules”

    A post shared by Michael Rapaport (@michaelrapaport) on

    Talk that talk. It's clear as day.

  2. And he wasn't the only one to refer to the guidelines like that


  3. Instead of introducing new social media guidelines, some people would rather see ESPN do this ...

    Don't hold your breath for that to ever happen.

  4. And then, there's this food for thought ...

    Hmm ...

  5. And that tweet generated this woke illustration to suggest what Hill might face at the company alongside some of her white peers


  6. All the chatter about ESPN creating its new social media guidelines with her in mind had Jemele herself responding to a tweet ... and taking the high road

    She's a class act all the way.

  7. And people want Jemele to know that they have her back with full support


Written by BET Staff

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