Jemele Hill addresses the controversy surrounding the tweets she wrote about Donald Trump two weeks ago.
In a short essay for The Undefeated, the ESPN correspondent wrote about the incident, comparing the disappointment she felt letting ESPN president John Skipper and her colleagues down to a time where she got in trouble with her grandmother.
“Since my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded into a national story, the most difficult part for me has been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the company’s political leanings,” Hill wrote.
She then calls out Trump for his recent inflammatory remarks against players of the NFL, as well as rescinding his invite to the Golden State Warriors to the White House, before apologizing about venting her frustrations on Twitter.
“Still, Twitter wasn’t the place to vent my frustrations because fair or not, people can’t or won’t separate who I am on Twitter from the person who co-hosts the 6 p.m. SportsCenter,” she said. “Twitter also isn’t a great place to have nuanced, complicated discussions, especially when it involves race…Lesson learned.”
Prior to this, Hill had responded to the controversy with a brief tweet, writing: “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconstitutional.” ESPN accepted her apology.