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UPDATE [9/13/17, 12:50 p.m. EST]:

ESPN released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to Hill's comments. Outkick's Clay Travis reported Tuesday that Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN. This has not been confirmed by the network.

An anchor for ESPN entered the political sphere on Twitter on Monday afternoon in response to an article about musician Kid Rock's recent comments surrounding his possible Senate bid.

ESPN's Jemele Hill, co-anchor of the network's flagship show, “SportsCenter,” said Rock “loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people.”

Rock, who has used the Confederate flag in music videos and concerts, posted a statement Monday lambasting the “extreme left” and the media for calling him a racist:

They are trying to use the old confederate flag BS, etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office. Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people / me racist who do not agree or cower to them!!

Hill went on to accuse President Donald Trump of being “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Kid Rock, along with Sarah Palin and fellow musician Ted Nugent, visited the president in the Oval Office in April.

Some say ESPN's recent staff cuts and drop in subscribers have to do with the network overloading on political issues.

“That is definitely a percentage of it,” Linda Cohn, a 25-year veteran of ESPN, said earlier this year. “I don't know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they're blind.”

Sage Steele, who has been with the network for 10 years, outlined her approach for “SportsCenter AM.”

“That's where we go to escape” politics, she said. “I truly believe, for me, there is a time and place. For the most part, I think we leave that to the news networks.”

ESPN was mocked last month for removing play-by-play announcer Robert Lee from a University of Virginia football game because he shared the first and last name of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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