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The war between President Trump, black athletes, NFL owners, the flag, the Anthem, et. al has reached a fever pitch. It appears ESPN commentator Jemele Hill has become another casualty. The sports news network suspended Hill Monday for comments she made towards the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones:

Jemele Hill, the ESPN “SportsCenter” host whose tweets last month calling President Trump a white supremacist caused the White House to call for her firing, was suspended by ESPN on Monday for again running afoul of the company’s social-media policy.

After the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would bench any players who “disrespect the flag,” Hill suggested on Twitter that fans who disagreed with Jones’s stance should boycott Cowboys advertisers.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” she tweeted. “If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”

The official reason was that Hill ran afoul of the company’s social media policies. Apparently, this is Hill’s second such violation. She created a social media storm last month pursuant to derogatory comments she made about President Trump. The President called for her to be fired but ESPN ignored the request. This time the network took action. ESPN did not say whether she would be paid during her suspension or any other disciplinary action to come.

Has Jemele Hill Lost Her Mind?

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Hill has been very chirpy on social media over the past few weeks. A lot of her tweets have been in support of Colin Kaepernick and black athletes who kneel for the flag. The president has also been stoking the flames, referring to athletes as “sons of bitch players” who should be fired for disrespecting the flag.

Jerry Jones obviously heard the President’s dog whistle. He vowed to bench any of his players who did not stand for the flag. This came after the Cowboys lost to the Packers on Sunday in a listless performance. Jones can put his players in check, but too bad he can’t put a quality product onto the field. Even more perplexing is that Hill would even give Jerry the time of day:

To suggest that fans boycott the Cowboys’ sponsors is bad enough. The Cowboys and the media need each other. The Cowboys and the NFL need ESPN and the media to promote them. ESPN needs to broadcast games and for fans to watch those games if it wants to recoup the billions it paid for the television rights.

ESPN makes money from sponsors overpaying to advertise during NFL games. Jemele Hill’s salary is also dependent upon TV rights and ads. To call for a boycott of the Cowboys is almost the same as taking money out of her employer’s pockets.

 

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