SportsCenter host Jemele Hill is facing criticism — including from her own network — after she called President Donald Trump a bigot and a white supremacist on Twitter Monday night.
ESPN tweeted out a statement on Tuesday afternoon calling Hill’s actions “inappropriate” and saying her comments don’t represent the network’s views.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Hill faced some backlash on Twitter after she declared Trump “unqualified and unfit to be president” and said he never would have been elected “if he were not white.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
He has surrounded himself with white supremacists -- no they are not "alt right" -- and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn't, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Athletes including Colin Kaepernick and Dwyane Wade have also rallied around Hill. After former NBA star and ESPN broadcaster Reggie Miller declared he was on “Team @jemelehill,” Wade tweeted, “Sign me up!”
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who faced his own criticism for repeatedly kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States, also tweeted his support.
“We are with you @jemelehill,” he said.