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:
Thanks for your words @jemelehill Nothing but truth.— Johnson Bademosi (@j_bademosi24) September 13, 2017
Others, like former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, had a different take:
anyone asking. She didn't get fired 'cauee disney and ESPN are fine w/liberal racism vs conservative logic. Only naysayers to that are liars— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) September 13, 2017
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:
We are with you @jemelehill— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017
I'm on Team @jemelehill...— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) September 13, 2017
Sign me up! https://t.co/MhqJvgesgh— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 13, 2017
@jemelehill love you seester!! Admire your work and passion!— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) September 13, 2017
Y'all mad at @jemelehill but white supremacist think trump is a white supremacist...... I'm just saying— Terrance Knighton (@MisterRoast98) September 13, 2017
Love my friend/colleague @jemelehill...gonna hold u down out here— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 13, 2017