Outspoken Anchor, Columnist Jemele Hill To Leave ESPN In 'Amicable' Split

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Her coming departure was previously reported by author and journalist James Andrew Miller, on Twitter.

Jemele Hill, the outspoken sports journalist and commentator who drew ESPN into a hot controversy a year ago when she took to social media to call President Donald Trump a "white supremacist," will leave the network at the start of September, according to a person familiar with the matter.

She was suspended from ESPN for two weeks for that.

The controversy surround Hill began last September 11, when she referred to Trump as "a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists".

ESPN reportedly bought out Hill's network contract for $2.5 million. After 12 years at ESPN, the Detroit native - who appeared on OZY Fest's main stage on Sunday - announced in front of a packed crowd that she's making plans to leave the world of sports for life behind the camera, where she will focus on stories about race and gender.

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Hill and ESPN were not immediately available for comment on her departure. He also made clear to the NFL that ESPN will continue to not broadcast the playing of the national anthem (and thus not run the risk of showing ongoing player protests against social injustice) before football games. They hired me as a columnist.

"Now watch all the MAGA people spread HEAVY Hellman's Hate Speech all through my comments but I don't give a shit because I'm laying here on the couch watching Bubbleguppies with my daughters and I'm not going back and forth with you Mayonnaise flavored niggas.have a blessed day."

The Athletic's Richard Deitsch reports that Hill will work with friend and fellow Undefeated writer, Kelley Carter, on their production company called Lodge Freeway Media, which will provide more freedom with content development. At a meeting with reporters earlier this month, the executive emphasized that ESPN's role is to cover sports news without any particular political bias.

"Even before everything happened, I was already in the mindset of wondering what was next", she says.

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