ESPN says it accepts Hill's apology for Trump tweets

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Trump tweeted 7:20 a.m. Friday morning, September 15, that the network should "Apologize for untruth!" after bashing it for its politics and "bad programming".

On Thursday, Hill issued an apology, stating that she erred in having brought her employer into the mix, given that she is a high-profile employee of the country's largest sports network.

The story of ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill's criticism of President Donald Trump has now become a story of ESPN's management techniques and political philosophy, thanks to a second round of commentary from White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

ESPN ultimately backed Jemele Hill amid public pressure to fire her over her comments about Donald Trump, but one report says they wanted the host to take a breather on Wednesday. Those plans were scrapped, though, because the two hosts ESPN sought to replace Hill with refused to fill in for Hill, according to the report.

Trump didn't specifically call out Hill in his Friday tweet, but he appears to be wading into the dispute.

"Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened", King told ThinkProgress.

Now, Hill has issued a statement, not apologizing to Trump for her comments, but saying that they represent her own views and not those of the network.

Then, thirty minutes later, she tweeted a screenshot of a note in her phone that read simply, "My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional", Hill tweeted.

Before making a statement, Hill tweeted a photo of herself with members of the National Association of Black Journalists' Sports Task Force, thanking them for checking up on her.

Mr. Schilling said the only reason Ms. Hill wasn't fired is because ESPN condones "liberal racism". I couldn't, because I cared about more than just myself.

Hill did not miss any time hosting her show despite being embroiled in the controversy.

"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", the statement concluded...

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