J. Cole Supports ‘SportsCenter’ Journalist Jemele Hill After ESPN Suspends Her
J. Cole steps up to the plate once again. On Monday (Oct. 9), the Dreamville Records boss tweeted out his support of ESPN SportsCenter journalist/personality Jemele Hill after ESPN suspended her for her two weeks due to "a second violation of our social media guidelines."
This "violation" came in the form of Hill's suggestion that Dallas Cowboys fans boycott the team's advertisers if they're upset with owner Jerry Jones' plan to punish players kneeling during the national anthem, a trend brought to the mainstream by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"Protect @jemelehill," Cole wrote in a post that was retweeted thousands and thousands of times. It's fitting that Cole would support Hill, considering that just a few weeks ago, he himself suggested fans boycott the NFL as a whole.
Hill's suspension arrives less than a month after ESPN allegedly attempted to have her removed from her post on her show, SC6 with Michael and Jemele. Her co-host, Michael Smith, allegedly refused to continue doing the show if Hill was replaced, and some of their other Black colleagues refused to replace him. ESPN denied those claims.
You can read ESPN's statement on Hill's suspension in the tweet below. See Cole and Hill's tweets in the gallery beneath that.