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Artists speak out about Jemele Hill’s two-week suspension from ESPN


Common; ABC/Fred WatkinsMany recording artists have spoken out about ESPN anchor Jemele Hill‘s two-week on-air suspension from the network. 

As previously reported, she was disciplined for breaking the company’s social media guidelines and “letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet,” according to the sports network.  

Common and Chance the Rapper are among the list of stars who’ve sent their support to Hill on Twitter. 

Common wrote, “We will not be intimidated + silenced about injustice in this country. We will win,” while Chance simply tweeted, “#patrickharmon,” in reference to 50-year-old Utah citizen Patrick Harmon who was allegedly shot dead by a Salt Lake City police officer in August for riding a bike without a red tail light. 

J. ColeLalah Hathaway and female rapper Rapsody have also used their social media platforms to #StandWithJemele. 

Cole writes, “Protect @jemelehill.” 

Lalah responded to Cole’s tweet by writing, “#IStandWithJemeleHill.” 

Rapsody’s message reads, “I #StandWithJemele. Thank you @jemelehill for putting what is right before politics.” 

Jemele Hill’s suspension follows tweets in which she seemingly advocated for a boycott of NFL advertisers, after reports that the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins were making it mandatory for their players to stand for the national anthem. 

Her suspension also caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who previously called for Hill to be fired for her comments. 

“With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” he recently wrote on Twitter, adding, “in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!”

ESPN, like ABC News, is owned by Disney. 

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