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Jemele Hill Suspended Two Weeks By ESPN After Suggesting Fans Unhappy With Jerry Jones Should Boycott Dallas Cowboys Sponsors

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rntBristol, CT – January 11, 2013 – Radio Studio 2: His & Hers with Michael Smith & Jemele Hill (photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

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Let’s be clear. Hill’s initial comments

ESPN in its current form is a bad fit for Jemele Hill. That much is painfully obvious. The SportsCenter anchor has been suspended two weeks for violating the company’s social media policy. It feels more like the final nail in the coffin than a slap on the wrist.

So here’s an honest plea to Hill. Do not return to ESPN. Do not admit defeat and capitulate. Do not set aside your principles in an attempt to make it work. It’s clear your ethos and the ethos of your employer are in stark contrast.

It’s not working and will only work in the future if you sacrifice for their betterment, not the other way around.

The bigwigs at network would prefer their sports pundits not opine on sports-related issues. They would prefer the sports punditry be left where it belongs — in the hands of Vice President Mike Pence and Jerry Jones. They would prefer someone who doesn’t have the audacity to point out the efficacy of boycotts in general. They would prefer someone who sticks strictly to sports even as politics and social issues are being force-fed into the sporting ecosystem foie gras style.

More than anything else, they would prefer both pressing real-world concerns and society-paralyzing social issues not have the slightest impact on the almighty bottom line. And that’s their prerogative. ESPN’s mission is not to deliver journalism and opinion in the search of truth and entertainment. It’s become abundantly clear that any such mission stops the moment fear of advertiser reprisal or league commissioner blowback enters the equation. The mission’s top bullet point will always be that bottom line.

Based on her actions over the past few months, Hill would like to perform the role of sports journalist and push for what she believes is right in …read more

Source:: The Big Lead

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