ESPN has put out a statement after one of its lead anchors wrote on Twitter on Monday that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
According to the statement, the comments made by Jemele Hill do not reflect the views of the network. The “SportsCenter” co-anchor also “recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” it continued.
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
In a series of tweets Monday afternoon, Hill went on to say that Trump's rise was a “direct result of white supremacy” and that he “is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime,” USA Today reported.
ESPN has been accused of having a liberal bias, and critics point to hosts like Hill as an indication of that. The media giant has suffered a loss in subscribers, ratings, and employees of late, which some inside the network attribute in part to the perceived intrusion of politics and current events into the world of sports.