Here’s why ESPN didn’t fire Jemele Hill.
Last month, ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill repeatedly called the President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter.
Her comments led to a statement from ESPN and a plethora of controversial headlines regarding her continued employment with the company.
Earlier this week Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles. During the summit, Iger revealed that he was very much involved in the process of keeping Jemele Hill onboard and deciding no action be taken against her.
Here’s what he had to say, via Yahoo Finance.
“I felt that we had to take context into account. Context included what was going on in America. What I felt, what we felt, was that there were a lot of people who were outraged, particularly black people. They felt that the promise that was given to them — liberty and justice for all — during the Civil War or Civil Rights movement — were theirs. What they’ve seen in the last couple of months is the opposite.
I believe in the National Anthem and stand up when it’s played. And I think everyone else should. But we have to take into account what’s happening societally… and have a little bit of empathy, even though I prefer that everyone would stand for the National Anthem.”
You can read Iger’s full comments here.
Since the controversy started, Hill has continued to host SC6 with Michael Smith daily at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.