ESPN sends out statement regarding Jemele Hill tweets

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Hill initially shared an article from The Hill detailing those statements, and in the lengthy stream of comments it generated, she tweeted "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists".

Hill, who started her career as a general assignment sports reporter at The News & Observer (1997-99), worked at the Detroit Free Press and the Orlando Sentinel before landing at ESPN in 2006.

The network posted a tweet from its PR account saying Hill "recognizes her comments were inappropriate". Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, has pondered a potential Senate run in MI.

The co-host of the 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" broadcast posted a series of tweets Monday night about the president.

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An ESPN anchor called President Trump "a white supremacist" and said musician Kid Rock is "pandering to racists" in MI.

ESPN previously fired former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling over a controversial meme objecting to the North Carolina transgender bathroom law.

This is not the first time ESPN has gotten grief from conservatives, who believe the network has become too liberal or political in general.

On the same night Hill was tweeting about Trump and white supremacy, singer Hank Williams Jr. returned to the opening of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecasts this season after a six-year absence. ESPN stressed then it was "an inclusive company".

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