It’s no secret that just as many people that are rooting for Trump, a great number of people are also against him.


When these kind of politics enter the working world, it will be sure to create problems between the people who speak out against them and the companies that employ these people who may not want that energy to be out their on their behalf.


With the constant evolution of social media, everyone has some type of voice.


Social media is supposed to be a platform where people are allowed the right to freely express themselves. This can be either good or bad depending on the circumstance.


Now, to take it up a notch, when you are someone who has somewhat of a high profile, well enough to be “verified” in the social media world which recognizes your high profile status, there are certain drawbacks that come with your right to speak freely.


ESPN’s Jemele Hill is the latest victim of this process.


Hill has become one of a growing number of females who have gained a prominent status in the television world. As the world wide leader in sports, ESPN is a platform that many people consume on a daily basis and has become a dream destination for many to aspire to get to.


Hill, not only is a woman, but an African-American woman who has risen up the ranks and has placed herself, in a primetime placement on ESPN’s daily schedule.


As the co-host of the 6 PM Sportscenter slot, along with co-host Michael Smith, the duo have brought a solid and new energy to Sportscenter with their mix of debate, news and fresh takes on the day’s sports topics.


This has allowed Hill to gain stature, not just among women, but among sports journalists alike who would most likely vie for that same position in such a popular slot.


Hill’s down to earth nature mixed with her ability to effectively support her points while also being stern and supremely confident while making them is a huge reason as to why she is in this position.


However, for Hill, that position was almost compromised with one, single tweet against Trump.



Hill tweeted and labeled Trump as a “white supremacist” which obviously sent Twitter off on a social media frenzy.


When word got to ESPN of the tweet, they reportedly tried to remove Hill from the 6pm Sportscenter slot in exchange for two other black hosts to fill in for the time being.


Contrary to what ESPN reportedly wanted, not only did  the two other hosts decline the offer, but her main co-host, Smith, refused to do the show without her, putting ESPN in a big bind.


Again, the show has gained and maintained a lot of popularity, and in the midst of declining numbers for the network has brought in a breath of fresh air just before live sports scheduling every weeknight.


Eventually, ESPN went back on its reported offer to remove Hill from the show and went back to regularly scheduled programming due to the enormous amount of support Hill received from her colleagues alike.


What all of this shows is the duality that is ever present when it comes to social media and your real life.


Although social media is supposed to be that place of refuge for people, it turns out to be the exact opposite most times, especially for high profile people.


Oftentimes, when you do have some stature in high regard, your almost limited as to what you say because you either have your brand to protect or a company that looks at everything you do to ensure that you represent them the right way.


Whether or not her tweet was accurate or not, is not the point. The point is that when it comes to this thing called social media, everyone is on a slippery slope and there’s nothing we can do about it.


For Hill, although I’m sure her stance won’t, and really shouldn’t change because it’s her opinion, I’m sure her approach to social media will be slightly altered after all of this. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to her, but she now knows that ESPN clearly has no affinity for any Trump, or maybe any President or high ranking officials slander as it is one of the most recognizable companies in the world.


It’s clear that ESPN has ties to the political world in many ways and wants nothing to get in the way of that.


Do you think ESPN was right to try to remove Hill after the tweet? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.