Trump blasts ESPN host Jemele Hill in morning tweet

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I hate ESPN, cancel it all.' Yeah, that's not happening!

"I support her 100 percent in everything she has done to express her First Amendment rights", Mathis told TMZ.

While ESPN took no formal action against Hill over the Trump comment, she did apologize to the network for the trouble her remarks had caused while standing by the tweets.

Also Tuesday, the president honored the Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins, calling them "true champions and incredible patriots". "And my wife is out there somewhere and I can guarantee that she's not cheering". It's kind of implied in her statement, is it not? And somehow ESPN is determined to make this situation worse by showing that a black anchor is just as restricted in exercising her free speech rights as the players she covers.

In response, the White House called for her to be fired.

Hill's suspension comes weeks after Hill was the center of another controversy, sparked when she called President Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

Trump then slammed Democrats for the inability to come up with new immigration legislation, saying: "The problem with agreeing to a policy on immigration is that the Democrats don't want secure borders, they don't care about safety for U.S.A". A surprisingly high percentage of my willingness to continue to watch the game hangs on whether the league will allow protests. ESPN's ratings have been slightly sinking for a couple of years as sports fans switch from cable to the growing list of streaming services. "Hence this decision", ESPN said in a statement.

The protests have intensified in recent weeks after Trump urged team owners to fire players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. He is actually insinuating that Hill is killing ESPN by herself.

But now Hill and ESPN find themselves at the center of the Culture Wars.

Business Insider analyzed subscriptions over the past six years and it shows millions of cancellations over that time.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of the advocacy group Color of Change, slammed ESPN's decision as he called it "a flagrant suppression of Black voices in sports".

Al Sharpton said he considered the suspension outrageous.