ESPN Apologizes After Host Jemele Hill Calls Donald Trump a White Supremacist

Jemele Hill
ESPN presenter Jemele Hill at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater, New York City, September 29, 2016. D Dipasupil/Getty

ESPN has issued an apology after one of its hosts, Jemele Hill, described President Trump as a "white supremacist" on social media.

Hill, a co-host on the network's SportsCenter, was involved in an exchange on Twitter on Monday in which she labeled Trump a "white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists."

ESPN was quick to distance itself from Hill's words, releasing a statement on Tuesday saying the tweets "do not represent the position" of the network. It said Hill had been spoken to and claimed that she "recognizes her actions were inappropriate."

Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017

Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017

He has surrounded himself with white supremacists -- no they are not "alt right" -- and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017

ESPN released a statement on Tuesday from its public relations Twitter account that condemned the words of Hill.

ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ

— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017

Hill has received plenty of support on the social media website, however. Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who was the first athlete to take a knee during the American national anthem to protest police violence against black people, posted a message backing Hill.

We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017

Former basketballer Reggie Miller, who played for the Indiana Pacers for 18 years, also supported Hill on Twitter, writing: "I'm on Team @jemelehill…"