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Michael Smith has decided to sit out tonight’s episode of “SportsCenter.” Following the suspension of Smith’s co-host, Jemele Hill, Smith mutally agreed with the network to sit out of the episode.

On Oct. 9, ESPN announced that Hill has been suspended for two weeks. According to ESPN, Hill was “suspended for a second violation of our social media guidelines.”

On Sunday, Hill responded to Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones’ announcement that his players would be suspended if they protested the national anthem. Hill responded by tweeting, “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”

Hill continued by tweeting, “Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support Cowboys? You can watch and do that, right?”

Hill’s tweets comes weeks after she was reprimanded for speaking against Donald Trump. But her latest tweets threatened the NFL’s power structure.

If Hill could galvanize her followers to stop supporting an NFL franchise and their sponsors, it can cause a reaction where money is lost due to boycotts. A similar approach was used during the Civil Rights movement when Blacks boycotted businesses that would not treat minorites with equal respect.

ESPN is delving into dangerous territory by suspended Hill. If all of the Black talent at ESPN decides to sit with Hill, it would be a public relations disaster for the sports network.

 

 

 

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • britishrose

    Dam right , she did nothing but what news anchors do , report the news , she gave her spend on what if? so she didnt say she was boycotting them , funny if a white woman said that , she would of had a million white women ready to not see a cowboy game bringing the family with her or purchasing tickets for their kids to go .. i mean chain reaction is proactive .. he had no business tellin them player they will be benched ? that means no one will play better be careful cause if they all decide to bench , jerry loses millions . and then he will be suid for taxing a contract player when he called the benching .. im sorry but jerry is old an sea nile so for give his ignorant slow thinking . . wrinkle face spotty space fool , he is more then old what about ugly as heck .. .

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