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ESPN Gives Host Jemele Hill Slap On Wrist After Calling President Trump White Supremacist, Bigot

ESPN host Jemele Hill called President Trump "a white supremacist" in a Twitter rant on Monday, and the network said it "addressed" the incident with Hill -- though it didn't detail how.

The network said in a statement Hill's comments "do not represent the position of ESPN."

"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate," ESPN said Tuesday.

ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill:
3:11 PM - Sep 12, 2017
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The co-host of the 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" broadcast posted a series of tweets Monday night about the president. In her rant, she called Trump a white supremacist "who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists." and called him "ignorant" and "offensive." She has yet to delete the tweets.

Jemele Hill ✔ @jemelehill
Replying to @DonnyParlock and 2 others
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
7:54 PM - Sep 11, 2017
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Jemele Hill ✔ @jemelehill
Replying to @DonnyParlock and 2 others
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.
7:58 PM - Sep 11, 2017
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Jemele Hill ✔ @jemelehill
Replying to @DonnyParlock and 2 others
He has surrounded himself with white supremacists -- no they are not "alt right" -- and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?
7:59 PM - Sep 11, 2017
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Jemele Hill ✔ @jemelehill
Replying to @DonnyParlock and 2 others
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected
8:02 PM - Sep 11, 2017
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During her rant she also slammed Twitter users who replied to her and defended the president.

While Hill may not have the support of her employer, controversial comedian Kathy Griffin took to Twitter to back Hill.

"SHE IS CORRECT. EVERYONE KNOWS IT!" Griffin, who recently came under fire for posing for a photo shoot with a blooded Trump mask, wrote.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin
Replying to @AP
SHE IS CORRECT. EVERYONE KNOWS IT! @AP ESPN abandons anchor Jemele Hill's tweets after she called Trump "a white supremacist" and "a bigot."
3:34 AM - Sep 13, 2017

Hill has been on ESPN since 2013. She took on the 6 p.m. time slot in February.