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How ESPN Employees Have Reacted To Jemele Hill's Suspension

Jemele Hill on ESPN explaining her point.

Here's how some ESPN employees have reacted to Jemele Hill's suspension.

Some ESPN employees have been speaking publicly about Jemele Hill's suspension.

The Worldwide Leader announced on Monday that the 6 p.m. SportsCenter host is suspended for two weeks for a violation of the company's social media policy. Hill had been tweeting about what fans upset with Jerry Jones' national anthem policy can do, mentioning a boycott of advertisers as a possibility. She previously called Donald Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

Two SportsCenter hosts have tweeted publicly in support of Hill.

(Update: Lindsay Czarniak no longer works at ESPN. Her contract with the company ended in August and she chose not to renew it.)

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch tweeted that people of color at ESPN are assuredly going to be "furious" about the suspension.

ESPN's Dan Le Batard discussed the suspension during his radio show on Tuesday morning. While Le Batard said he loves Hill, he said it's a murky situation. Le Batard was suspended by ESPN without pay when he paid for billboards mocking LeBron James to go up in Cleveland. The company has rules, Le Batard says, and when you break them, they punish you. He mentioned that ESPN did not fire Curt Schilling because of his political views, but because he repeatedly ignored orders to stop delving into those waters on social media. "Curt Schilling got fired not because of his politics, but it was that he kept doing it — kept giving his opinion on things that were outside of sports — outside of ESPN,” Le Batard said. He also said you have to be careful about tossing around the word boycott, which is something he learned when he called for a Marlins' boycott when he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. "You’ve gotta be careful throwing around [the word] boycott, not because of what your race is, but because of the green, not because of the black and white," he said. ESPN released the following statement on the punishment decision. "Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.” Hill's co-host, Michael Smith, sat out last night's SportsCenter, which was a "mutual decision" according to reports. It's unclear if he'll be back on the air before Hill's suspension is up. She tweeted at Smith earlier today, saying how much she appreciates him. "I love you Michael Smith for being my biggest supporter, a great friend, terrific husband & father. I truly don't deserve you. See you soon,"

The suspension of my friend @jemelehill is sad and disappointing on a number of levels

— Lindsay Czarniak (@lindsayczarniak) October 9, 2017

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Hill and Smith's SportsCenter airs daily at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.