Jemele Hill Suspended by ESPN
Hill tweeted out a call to boycott Dallas Cowboys' advertisers in response to owner Jerry Jones' comments and subsequent ultimatum about players "disrespecting the flag".
Jones referenced the NFL's game operations policy which says in part "During the National Anthem, players should stand at attention, face the flag, hold their helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking." It is worth noting that the word "should" offers wiggle room in there, which the NFL has taken to not fine or suspend players who protest.
Jones' decree was any player who protests during the National Anthem would not play for his team. No exceptions. He even referenced quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot when he said it according to reports.
In response, Hill offered these statements on Twitter.
Hill also went after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross who referenced the President (the subject of Hill's last twitter storm) in deciding his players should stand for the anthem. It is a reversal of ideas in Miami as multiple players had been protesting in some way for the better part of a year while members of the Dolphins.
ESPN's decision to suspend Hill came rather quickly based on the timestamps of the tweets. A little more than three hours after the Jones and Ross tweet above, ESPN's public relations department put this out.
Hill's suspension lasts until October 23rd, there is no word at this time on if Michael Smith will be anchoring the 6:00 SportsCenter alone or if there will be fill-in anchors for Hill's absence.