Last night, news broke courtesy of ESPN insider James Miller that ESPN personality Jemele Hill had negotiated a buyout with the company. Hill is done at the Worldwide Leader as of Sept. 1.
Miller termed the departure "amicable." A report from Sporting News says Hill will walk away with "millions" of dollars from ESPN as she looks to pursue other opportunities.
Earlier this summer, a report from OZY said Hill was preparing to leave ESPN. Hill has had a crazy last year-and-change at the Worldwide Leader, most notably sparking a social media firestorm when she tweeted that Donald Trump was a "white supremacist."
Hill has not officially commented on the latest reports of her departure, but she did tweet out a brief response earlier today.
It isn't surprising that Hill's Twitter mentions have gone nuclear. She's a polarizing figure for sure.
Those who agreed with her loved the fact she spoke out about political and social issues using her ESPN platform. At the same time, there were plenty who loathed her for her opinions and thought she should "stick to sports."
It looks like ESPN is trying to get back to sticking to sports with the way it is restructuring some of its talent and television shows. As for Hill, it is unclear where she will head next.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see her as a contributor for a major news network, discussing sports, politics, race and culture on the air. She might also be hired by an outlet that allows her to write about those topics, similar to the work she did with ESPN's The Undefeated.