In a story that has ramifications for radio, Foxnews.com is reporting that ESPN personality Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for breaking the network’s social media policy. In the wake of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones statement that any of his players who don’t stand for the national anthem will be benched, Hill called on fans to boycott advertisers associated with the club. ESPN called this a “second violation” after Hill had previously calling on fans to boycott the NFL and calling President Trump a White Supremacist.
Hill’s latest tweet read: “Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”
Criticism of the network ensued as Hill’s co-host on “SC6,” Michael Smith, chose to sit out Monday night’s broadcast, in a “mutual” decision with ESPN, the Reverend Al Sharpton took to Twitter, and other rumblings reverberated around the country.
At issue is whether media outlets, including radio, should be able to have control over their broadcasters’ social media activities. This, and the line in the sand that Jerry Jones has drawn, will no doubt churn the waters even further in coming weeks.