- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ESPN issued a meek statement on Tuesday in response to Jemele Hill, one of the network’s anchors, calling President Trump and his supporters “white supremacists.”

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said in a statement. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Ms. Hill posted a series of tweets Monday evening taking aim at Mr. Trump and his voter base, calling the president a “white supremacist” and saying his movement is a “direct result of white supremacy.”

The tweets had not been deleted as of Tuesday afternoon.

Ms. Hill is the co-anchor of “SC6,” a 6 p.m. version of SportsCenter, along with Michael Smith.

In the past, ESPN has shown a willingness to punish employees who have made controversial statements.

Most notably, baseball analyst Curt Schilling was fired last year for mocking transgenderism and the movement to regulate intimate facilities on the basis of gender identity, rather than biological sex.

His remarks came less than a year after ESPN presented Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs.

Mr. Schilling had previously been suspended by the network for comparing radical Islam to Nazism.

And in 2011, ESPN yanked the song “Are you ready for some football?” from “Monday Night Football” broadcasts after country singer Hank Williams Jr. compared then-President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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