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Al Sharpton Threatens “The Wrath of A Lot of Us” If ESPN Fires Jemele Hill

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Last week, Jemele Hill became created a major controversy by calling President Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.  It sparked major controversy on ESPN, social media, and talk shows.

Then, Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for ESPN to fire Hill.  After the White House press secretary unleashed her fury, ESPN President John Skipper sent a reminder to his staff that they are sports commentators, not political ones.

Here is his letter:

I want to remind everyone about fundamental principles at ESPN.

ESPN is about sports. Last year, we broadcast over 16,000 sports events. We show highlights and report scores and tell stories and break down plays.

And we talk about sports all day every day. Of course, sports is intertwined with society and culture, so “sticking to sports” is not so simple. When athletes engage on issues or when protests happen in games, we cover, report and comment on that. We are, among other things, the largest, most accomplished and highly resourced sports news organization. We take great pride in our news organization.

We have programs on which we discuss and even debate sports, as well as the issues that intersect with sports. Fans themselves love to debate and discuss sports.

ESPN is not a political organization. Where sports and politics intersect, no one is told what view they must express.

At the same time, ESPN has values. We are committed to inclusion and an environment of tolerance where everyone in a diverse work force has the equal opportunity to succeed. We consider this human, not political. Consequently, we insist that no one be denigrated for who they are including their gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual identity.

We have issues of significant debate in our country at this time. Our employees are citizens and appropriately want to participate in the public discussion. That can create a conflict for our public facing talent between their work and their personal points of view. Given this reality, we have social media policies which require people to understand that social platforms are public and their comments on them will reflect on ESPN. At a minimum, comments should not be inflammatory or personal.

We had a violation of those standards in recent days and our handling of this is a private matter. As always, in each circumstance we look to do what is best for our business.

In light of recent events, we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position.

We also know that ESPN is a special place and that our success is based on you and your colleagues’ work. Let’s not let the public narrative re-write who we are or what we stand for. Let’s not be divided in that pursuit. I will need your support if we are to succeed.

Now, another political figure has weighed in on Jemele Hill’s comments.

Al Sharpton appeared on MSNBC to warn ESPN that there would be hell to pay should they punish Jemele.

Sharpton said:

The thing that is dangerous about this, I think that people are missing, which is why many of us in the civil rights community are saying that if ESPN does this they are going to face the wrath of a lot of us.

Face it, America.  It’s not really an issue until Al Sharpton is threatening someone.  Of course, his threats don’t really need to be made.

ESPN says that Hill’s punishment will be handled as a “private matter”.  Quite ironic, since she is a public figure that chose to state her opinions in a public space.  Thus far, it seems to be code word for “slap on the wrist”.

Watch the panel below:

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2 Comments

  1. CPH

    September 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Pay no mind to the fool sharpton, he himself should have been thrown in jail for life. He is most likely a organizing member of the TERRORIST group known as black lives matter.

  2. RON RICHMOND

    September 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

    AL SHARPTON. DOES NOT CARE ABOUT WHITES OR BLACKS EQUAL RIGHTS. HE DOES CARE IF A BLACK PERSON HAS A PROBLEM. IF IT ISN’T A PROBLEM HE WILL MAKE IT A PROBLEM. TO BENEFIT HIS BILLFOLD. AL SHARPTON SCAMS THE BLACK MAN. HE HAS CAUSED A LOT OF THE RACE PROBLEMS. HE IS A NIGGER NOT A AFRICAN AMERICAN OR A BLACK MAN. HE IS SCREWING THE WHITES AND BLACKS. HE IS A STRAIGHT UP NIGGER.

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