President Donald Trump, who’s a big fan of sports, is less than impressed with the worldwide leader in sports.
On Friday morning, the President blasted the sports media company ESPN for their doubling down on politics, specifically with respect to comments made by SportsCenter host Jemele Hill. He demanded they apologize.
“ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!” Trump wrote.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Trump’s tweet follows his White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that Hill’s comments were a “fireable offense.”
On Twitter, Hill criticized the President for empowering white supremacists and wrote, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Additionally, she called him “the most ignorant, offensive president of [her] lifetime.”
ESPN quickly disavowed the comments, issuing a statement, reading, “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
According to ThinkProgress, ESPN attempted to kick Hill off the air, but her co-host Michael Smith refused to do the show without her. She continues to host the show and has not faced any disciplinary action at this time.
This latest controversy comes after veteran host Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN for saying that the network has become too political.
Earlier this year, a study revealed that ESPN lost a significant chunk of Republican viewers, leading to declining profit margins and massive layoffs.