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Jemele Hill says she ‘deserved’ ESPN suspension, stands by comments

Jemele Hill

ESPN’s Jemele Hill feels she deserved her suspension from the network — but won’t walk back the comments that took her off the air in the first place.

Hill told TMZ that she deserved her two-week suspension and harbored no hard feelings against ESPN for instituting it.

“I deserved a suspension,” Hill said. “I violated the policy. Going forward we’ll be in a good, healthy place.”

Hill refused to take back her anti-Donald Trump statements, but said she didn’t feel that she was being unfairly silenced by the network she works for.

“I don’t feel suppressed,” Hill said. “I love ESPN as much as ever. I am okay. I feel good.”

Hill was ultimately suspended for encouraging a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys’ sponsors. She seems to have been aware that her stance would likely get her in trouble with the network, but felt speaking out was worth the trouble.


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