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Athletes respond to ESPN’s handling of Jemele Hill tweets

Jemele Hill, an ESPN anchor, at an event in June.
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Jemele Hill, an ESPN anchor, at an event in June.

Athletes past and present are sharing their opinions on the most recent example of an ESPN employee expressing political thoughts and the network’s response. Jemele Hill, a co-host of SportsCenter, originally called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter:

The original tweets and ESPN’s response elicited comments from across the sports world. Several athletes weighed in on the story.

Patriots player Johnson Bademosi, who was recently acquired from the Lions, supported Hill:

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Others, like former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, had a different take:

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Schilling was fired by ESPN in April, 2016 for a social media post that was deemed “unacceptable” in a company statement.

Coming to Hill’s defense on Twitter was a group that included Colin Kaepernick: