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Trump Critic Jemele Hill Leaves ESPN

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A prominent anti-Trump critic who made ESPN nearly unwatchable after injecting her political opinions into sports commentary has decided to leave the network after 12 years.

“Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN. More from me on closing one of the most special chapters in my life:” she Tweeted, attaching a message thanking several colleagues and mentors at the network.

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Perhaps the most memorable moment from Hill’s career at the sports giant was when she publicly beefed with President Donald J. Trump on Twitter.

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she said on Twitter almost exactly one year ago.

In her decade-long career at ESPN before Trump took office, she never labeled him as such, though he was a public figure during that time.

She also famously called Trump a “bigot” and “unqualified and unfit to be president,” adding that he never would have been elected if he weren’t white.

Hill was suspended for violating ESPN’s social media guidelines in October after calling on fans to boycott the Dallas Cowboys when team owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench players who did not stand for the National Anthem.

Hill has hinted at her departure for some time.

“It feels very much like this next iteration of my career will be more about me being behind the camera, creating content, writing scripted and unscripted shows and movies than it will be in sports,” Hill said during an interview at OZY Fest.

Mixing sports with politics did not prove to be the smartest strategy for the formerly-respected sports titan. In fact, the company released a statement in June saying that evening SportsCenter ratings were up 19% – after they fired Hill and her co-host Michael Smith from the show.

The network has lost nearly 13 million subscribers since its 2011 peak.

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Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags

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Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.

Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.

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After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.

The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.

They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.

College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.

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