Some stories never die and the Jemele Hill story is one of them, the story will remain alive no matter how much ESPN puts efforts to close it.
All the company’s employees received a memo sent by ESPN President John Skipper Friday afternoon. In a memo, Skipper pointing his wish said, ESPN has been a political organization.
Skipper wrote in a memo, “In light of recent events, we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position.”
“We also know that ESPN is a special place and that our success is based on you and your colleagues’ work. Let’s not let the public narrative re-write who we are or what we stand for. Let’s not be divided in that pursuit. I will need your support if we are to succeed.”
However, Skipper’s aim to sent such memo is uncleared. ESPN has been in its place since Hill posted a criticized post about U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter in which Hill called the President a “white supremacist.”
ESPN issued an apology which seems more like a half-hearted apology and also indicates that Hill would not be disciplined. This worsens the situation and spreads anger where some demanded Hill to be fired. The memo puts little light to company’s situation.
“ESPN is not a political organization. Where sports and politics intersect, no one is told what view they must express,” Skipper wrote in the memo. “At the same time, ESPN has values. We are committed to inclusion and an environment of tolerance where everyone in a diverse work force has the equal opportunity to succeed. We consider this human, not political.”
In the opening of the memo, Skipper wrote: “I want to remind everyone about fundamental principles at ESPN. ESPN is about sports. … We show highlights and report scores and tell stories and break down plays.”