ESPN suspended Hill after the SportsCenter anchor tweeted that those upset with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should take issue with advertisers, not players.
“Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers,” she tweeted Oct. 8.
The tweet was in response to Jones telling reporters that day that players who were "disrespectful to the flag" would not play. That is, players who kneeled during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism wouldn't be allowed to participate in the game.
She later clarified her previous tweets, saying, “I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”
"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," ESPN said in an Oct. 9 statement. "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 the decision."
Hill's SC6 co-anchor, Michael Smith, stepped away from the show the first day Hill's suspension in solidarity and anchored alone until her return.
“Here’s the reality, ESPN acted what they felt was right, and I don't have any argument or quibble with that,” Hill said. “I would tell people, absolutely, after my Donald Trump tweets, I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. Like, absolutely. I violated the policy. I deserved that suspension.”