Hill has been vociferously critical of the president all year long, but she went further this time, calling Trump a "bigot", a "threat" and "the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".
Hill took to Twitter on Monday to post several messages regarding the president, referring to him as a "white supremacist". Citing "sources", Fox Sports' "Outkick the Coverage's" Clay Travis reported on Tuesday that longtime ESPN anchor Linda Cohn was told by directly by the network's president John Skipper not to show up to work after shesuggested that the network has become too political. He is not a leader. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz in a statement. "So I think no action here against Jemele Hill is a clear sign that they're in agreement".
"If the president was so clear in what he said", in denouncing white supremacist groups, Nakamura continued, "why do you think influential African-American figures are saying things like this?" It was during these exchanges that she posted the Donald Trump tweet.
Some Twitter users, among them Kaepernick, supported Hill. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling was famously canned for sharing an obscene cartoon criticizing North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" on Facebook.
Previous ESPN policy encouraged its journalists to refrain from "political editorializing, personal attacks or "drive-by" comments" aimed at Trump and Hillary Clinton during the campaign, the Daily Beast reports.
When asked for comment by a reporter on Wednesday, Sanders called Hill's Tweets "outrageous".
Hill had no immediate comment. ESPN took the same - nearly too impossible to believe - route with Lee, the announcer. ESPN allows employees to discuss politics, but said those who cover "hard news" should refrain.