As a result of “a second violation of [their] social media guidelines,” ESPN placed one of its SportsCenter journalists/personalities, Jemele Hill, on a two week suspension, causing an uproar in said community.
Additionally, musicians like J. Cole, Common, Chance The Rapper and others have publicly shown support for Hill, with the the Dreamville Records head honcho simply stating: “Protect @jemelehill.”
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Moreover, ESPN claims the “violation” included her suggestive tweet that Dallas Cowboys fans boycott the team’s advertisers.
Consequently, the counter-protest comes after the team’s owner Jerry Jones’ plan to punish players who kneel during the national anthem.
Additionally, she tweeted:
“This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”
Also, later Hill clarified:
“Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”
In addition, the suspension comes less than a month after ESPN allegedly attempted to remove Hill from her post on SC6 with Michael and Jemele.
Consequently, her co-host, Michael Smith, reportedly refused to continue filming without her; while other Black colleagues refused to replace him — ultimately ESPN denied all claims.
Furthermore, as the company stated this was her second violation, her first came when she first tweeted that the POTUS is a “White supremacist” back in September.
While thousands retweeted Cole’s reaction to “Protect @jemelehill,” other musicians and celebrities joined in support.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) October 9, 2017
In addition Cole, see what others had to say.
We will not be intimidated + silenced about injustice in this country. We will win.
— COMMON (@common) October 10, 2017
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 9, 2017
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) October 9, 2017
— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) October 10, 2017
— Rapsody (@rapsody) October 10, 2017