Jemele Hill's tenure at ESPN reportedly coming to an end
Detroit native Jemele Hill's long and at times controversial tenure at ESPN is coming to an end, according to multiple national reports.
ESPN historian James Miller reported that Hill's time at ESPN will officially end Saturday, and that the parting was "amicable." ESPN is buying out her contract, Miller reported.
Hill hasn't commented on the reports, but did take to Twitter on Sunday and humorously posted, "Live look at my mentions," with a GIF of a Dumpster fire.
Hill, 42, has been at ESPN since 2006, in a variety of roles. In recent years, she became one of the most prominent personalities at the network, even ascending to the "SportsCenter" co-anchor chair, with her long-time TV partner Michael Smith, for a year, from February 2017 through February of this year.
The last year-and-a-half has found Hill in the headlines for other reasons, though, including comments directed at President Trump. Last September, she called Trump a "white supremacist," drawing a strong response from the White House. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill's Twitter post a "fireable offense."
Hill later apologized for going public with her feelings on Trump, and ESPN called the tweets "inappropriate." She was reprimanded, ESPN said, though specific discipline details never have emerged.
Then, in October, Hill stirred up controversy again, in calling for fans to boycott sponsors of the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL over owner Jerry Jones' stance on players kneeling during the national anthem. ESPN suspended her two weeks for those comments.
Hill attended Detroit Mumford High School and Michigan State, and covered Michigan State football and basketball for the Detroit Free Press. She left the Free Press for the Orlando Sentinel in 2005, before joining ESPN in 2006. In June, Mumford named its auditorium after Hill.
She also was recently in Detroit for the annual National Association of Black Journalists conference. The NABJ named her Journalist of the Year.