ESPN's Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/JkVoBVz7lv— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 9, 2017
After the Dallas Cowboys' loss last night, owner Jerry Jones clarified his position on his players potentially protesting during the anthem.
Jerry Jones says the Cowboys will bench any player who 'disrespects' the flag. https://t.co/KoNUjwCjDZ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 9, 2017
Dallas' three biggest stars, including their starting quarterback, are black but they all have previously made statements indicating their lack of desire to consider participating in the protest and seem unlikely to test Jerry's willingness to bench key players.
SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill tweeted about Jerry's comments and advised people who are upset over Jerry's comments to consider boycotting instead of pressuring stars to protest.
No, I think the Cowboy fans -- the paying customers -- need to pick up this fight. Don't look to Dez or Dak. YOU do it. https://t.co/f9YjZFgGGt— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Don't ask Dak, Dez & other Cowboys players to protest. A more powerful statement is if you stop watching and buying their merchandise.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Cowboys have a huge national following. Lot of black & brown folks are Cowboys fans. What if they turned their backs on them? https://t.co/qezpPwDTAB— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys? You can watch and do that, right? https://t.co/duPNqxFta7— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
ESPN decided to suspend her for two weeks.
After her publicly announced suspension, she clarified:
Just so we're clear: I'm not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
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