In a statement on Tuesday, ESPN said Hill’s comments about Trump “do not represent the position” of the cable network. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” the statement said.
ESPN has taken heat in recent years from conservatives who say the network has stuck its nose in politics and pushed a liberal agenda. “ESPN’s double standard shows when hosts speak out,” read a Wednesday headline on Fox News.
To make its point, Fox pointed to ESPN’s firing of analyst and former professional baseball pitcher Curt Schilling in May 2016 over a demeaning anti-transgender Facebook post by him.
The post, apparently in response to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bathroom law, included a meme showing a man dressed in revealing women’s clothing. With it Schilling commented: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
In a statement announcing Schilling’s termination, ESPN said it was “an inclusive company” and that his conduct was “unacceptable.”
Schilling had long made his conservative viewpoints known before the offending post.
This article has been updated with Scott’s meeting with Trump on Wednesday and details of Schilling’s 2016 firing by ESPN.
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