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.
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: pic.twitter.com/jReaH5sWhW
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2018
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.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
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.
Make-A-Wish Vanderbilt Kicker Sarah Fuller Will Take Part in Joe Biden’s Inauguration
Vanderbilt University student Sarah Fuller, goalie for the women’s soccer team and erstwhile emergency kicker for the men’s football team, will be taking part in the inauguration of Joe Biden.
USA Today reports that Fuller will participate in a television program titled “Celebrating America,” which will be simulcast the evening of Inauguration Day on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.
Fuller confirmed the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
“It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller tweeted with pictures of herself on the Vanderbilt football field. “This historic inauguration is especially meaningful for American women and girls. The glass ceilings are breaking and it is the time to #LeadLikeAWoman.”
— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) January 17, 2021
Multiple guests will appear on the program in addition to Fuller. Tom Hanks is hosting and both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be giving speeches.
Back in November and December the mainstream media lauded Fuller for becoming the first woman to play and then score in a Power Five college football game. In her first appearance she squib kicked the ball to Missouri’s 37-yard line and subsequently hurried to the sidelines. In later appearances she made two extra points following Vanderbilt touchdowns.
Fuller became Vanderbilt’s emergency kicker after their starting and backup kickers could not play due to COVID-19 protocols.
Big League Politics previously covered the Sarah Fuller story, specifically the reaction of Jason Whitlock, a conservative-friendly sports writer who once worked for Fox Sports. Whitlock called her appearance a “Make-A-Wish” publicity stunt.
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