Donald Trump tweets ESPN ratings have tanked because of Jemele Hill

Donald Trump tweets ESPN ratings have tanked because of Jemele Hill

With America coming off its worst monthly jobs report in seven years, 90 percent of Puerto Ricans lacking electricityand wildfires killing people in California, President Trump turned his attention this morning to the important subject of Jemele Hill.

Some players have taken to kneeling instead of standing during the anthem to protest police killings of African-Americans, a movement started by Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.

This past Sunday, Hill decided to make the following post on Twitter, inflaming the already divisive rhetoric surrounding the First Amendment right for players to kneel during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump weighed in on ESPN's latest controversy, commenting on the network's ratings while taking a shot at suspended sportscaster Jemele Hill.

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Hill tweeted about Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his comments about making players stand for the national anthem.

ESPN said in a statement Monday that Hill had acknowledged "letting her colleagues and company down" with the Trump tweet. So there's some truth to Trump saying ESPN has "tanked", but the reality is market forces much larger than Jemele Hill are the primary reason for that.

Hill's suspension appears to be related to tweets she posted on Sunday. "If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers", Hill wrote.

"In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Don't place the burden squarely on the players".

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