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ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for breaking social media rules

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for breaking social media rules

The ESPN announcement said it was Hill's second violation in a reference to a September incident when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist in a tweet.

Hill graduated from Michigan State University and served as the grand marshall for MSU during its homecoming back in 2014.

Hill later clarified that she was not advocating a boycott of Cowboy's advertisers, but making the point that fans should not place the burden on the players alone.

About two weeks after Jemele Hill said "I probably need to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter".

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Hill had previously called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist". A franchise that's dearly important to the long-term success of ESPN, considering ESPN holds the rights to Monday Night Football, and the ratings for primetime games are always strongest when the Cowboys play. "If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertiser", Hill tweeted on Sunday with a link to a tweet featuring several of the Cowboys' advertisers. Change happens when advertisers are impacted.

"She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet", the statement read. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences.

Hill, an African American woman, followed up with this: "His rise is a direct result of white supremacy". The network did not suspend Hill for the comments, and eventually came under fire from Trump himself.

"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", ESPN said.