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Jamele Hill was suspended in 2008 after writing in a column that rooting for the Boston Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim
When ESPN slapped Jemele Hill’s wrist after she called Republican President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” during a Twitter tirade Monday, it wasn’t the first time the network took issue with the outspoken anchor. ESPN suspended Hill in 2008 after she invoked Adolf Hitler in a column about the Boston Celtics.
“Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim,” Hill wrote, although the offending text was later deleted from the piece. “It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan.”
In her apology piece about her Hitler quip, Hill acknowledged that she isn’t above making wrong turns when it comes to racial issues:
“I got too comfortable with my own knowledge and history of dealing with racial issues. I forgot to ask questions, perhaps subconsciously thinking I knew it all. I’ve served on numerous diversity panels, and regularly work with the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. I had a this-would-never-happen-to-me attitude, instead of a let-me-make-sure-this-doesn’t happen-to-me attitude. I dropped my guard. I got caught up in being cutesy and wrote something stupid.”