ESPN Suspends Jamele Hill for Jerry Jones Tweets

The Cowboys owner said he would bench any players who 'disrespect the flag'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2017 4:29 PM CDT
Updated Oct 9, 2017 4:43 PM CDT
ESPN's Jamele Hill Suspended for Jerry Jones Tweets
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump waits outside the West Wing of the White House for the arrival of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in Washington. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media....   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media, the AP reports. Hill's more recent tweets targeted Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. Hill tweeted Sunday that fans who disagree with Jones should boycott the team's advertisers and not buy the team's merchandise. "Lot of black & brown folks are Cowboys fans," she wrote. "What if they turned their backs on them?" She clarified Monday she was not calling for an NFL boycott. Hill, who is African-American, received backlash last month after referring to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist" after he suggested players be fired for kneeling during the national anthem.

Executive Director DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association said Jones's comments contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without retribution. "I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing," Smith said. Hill did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her suspension. On Sunday she responded to a Twitter follower who suggested that NFL players would learn a lesson about "getting fired for not doing what your boss requires you to do." "Because if we did everything the boss said, Americans would still be dying of tuberculosis in factories," she replied. (More Jamele Hill stories.)

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