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ESPN’s Double-Standard for Employees on Twitter

Last week 2nd Vote wrote an article about Britt McHenry an ESPN employee who was forced to remove “conservative” from her Twitter bio. She was shunned and later fired by the sports network.

Yet, ESPN appears to be just fine with liberal anchors using Twitter to express political opinions.

In a recent tweet, Jemele Hill, a co-host of SportsCenter at 6 o’clock, also known as The Six, defended free agent Colin Kaepernick’s comments comparing police officers to a “slave patrol.” Hill believes Kaepernick hasn’t been signed because he is being mistreated for last season’s “revolutionary” protests of kneeling during the national anthem, a display that many have perceived as a sign of disrespect.

Has Hill been forced to take down her replies on twitter, or apologize for her comments? No, she openly engages in political commentary attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and legislative efforts to repeal Obamacare. Apparently, ESPN doesn’t mind if its employees are liberal, but being a conservatives must keep their opinions to themselves.

Given ESPN’s well-documented loss of subscribers, and last year’s NFL ratings decline, perhaps the network should be concentrating on football instead of rehashing the Kaepernick controversy. ESPN’s target audience and sports fans in general don’t want another CNN.

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