Despite calls for her to be fired, ESPN's Jemele Hill is not backing down from comments she made on Twitter earlier this week calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist. Hill did note, however, that she regretted putting the network that employs her in an "unfair light."
On Monday, in a series of tweets, the SportsCenter co-host criticized the president, calling him a white supremacist who surrounds himself with other white supremacists, and that he is ignorant and unfit to serve.
Her tweets were met with staunch backlash including a hashtag calling for her firing. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee echoed those sentiments, calling the ESPN host's messages "a fireable offense."
After remaining silent for a while, Hill released a statement about what she called the "elephant in the room." She did not back down or apologize for her statements, instead noting that she expressed her personal beliefs and that she has unconditional respect for ESPN and her colleagues. Many of Hill's colleagues have taken to Twitter and shown support for her.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that ESPN issued another statement indicating the network had accepted Hill’s apology.
“Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN. She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”