ESPN says it has accepted the apology of its “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill for tweeting this week that President Donald Trump was a “white supremacist” and “bigot.”
The network and Hill delivered statements shortly before midnight, hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called Hill’s comments outrageous and something that could be considered a fireable offense by ESPN.
Hill publicly apologized for the trouble she’d brought on her employer.
Hill, who is African-American, became the latest public symbol of the nation’s political divisions this week after some exchanges on Twitter. She called the president “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” She wrote that he was “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” She called him a bigot and said it was the height of white privilege to ignore his white supremacy because it wasn’t a threat.
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