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President Trump: ESPN's ratings 'tanked' because of Jemele Hill

President Trump: ESPN's ratings 'tanked' because of Jemele Hill

Hill's suspension comes after "she previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet", ESPN said in a statement.

Hill, the ESPN SportsCenter anchor who was condemned by the White House for calling Trump a white supremacist, was suspended by ESPN this week for suggesting that fans could affect Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' stance on national anthem protests by boycotting Jones' advertisers.

Mr. Jones, coaches and players took a knee and locked arms before the national anthem at the September 25 game, then stood for "The Star-Spangled Banner", after President Trump said owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who refuses to stand for the flag. So it's unlikely that Trump's proposal, tweeted in the early hours Tuesday, would change anything. "In the aftermath all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences". Jones, who told his player that they will not disrespect the American flag unless they want to be benched, seemed to strike a nerve with the African American sports journalist this weekend. That said, Trump is correct about ESPN's struggles, which have dominated a lot of the chatter in media circles - although I'm not sure why "tanked" got the quotes treatment.




"If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers", she said. She had said he "created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones".

The comments stirred a firestorm on Twitter, leading ESPN to respond with a statement calling her tweets "inappropriate". Her comments were found to be too controversial this time. While she tweeted that she's not advocating for a National Football League boycott, she did write that "Change happens when advertisers are impacted".


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