Hill is set to return to ESPN on Monday.
Jemele Hill is set to return to ESPN on Monday night.
The SportsCenter host had been suspended two weeks for a second violation of the company’s social media policy. She had been tweeting about a potential boycott of the NFL’s sponsors, which include many of ESPN’s. Hill had previously called Donald Trump a white supremacist.
What does Hill’s future at ESPN look like?
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis reports that Hill met with ESPN’s president, John Skipper, today.
But a key meeting happened Sunday, when Hill sat down with ESPN president John Skipper. According to two sources, the meeting occurred away from the Bristol campus; Hill and Skipper were alone. (ESPN and Hill declined to comment.) It was the first time the two met since September 13, two days after Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and the day that the Trump White House called for her to be fired. As Hill wrote in The Undefeated, she cried during that meeting.
Many have been suggesting that Hill will eventually leave ESPN. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch predicted it would happen in less than a year.
Curtis, though, says we’re not at that point.
Could Hill decide she wants to work at a place that leans into criticizing Trump rather than one that tries to carve out a woke-but-not-that-woke safe space? Sure. But according to multiple sources inside ESPN and close to Hill, we’re not there … yet. Neither side has even broached the idea. This is the beginning of what could be a long period of talking and thinking.
While her future at ESPN might be clouded at this point, one thing is clear: she’ll be back on TV tomorrow night.
Hill and Michael Smith will be co-hosting The Six at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.