Sources Just Revealed ESPN’s Awful Response To White House Demands They Fire Trump Critic

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on live television that ESPN should fire African American Sports Center host Jamele Hill for tweeting “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy.”

ESPN never released an official statement on the matter, but two source within the company revealed to ThinkProgress’ Lindsay Gibbs how executives responded behind closed doors. Gibbs writes:

“ESPN originally tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but [SportsCenter co-host Michael] Smith refused to do the show without her, the sources said. Both sources also said that producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show — but Eaves and Duncan did not agree to take the place of Hill and Smith, either.”

It was only after the black hosts refused to replace Hill that ESPN asked her to do the show as scheduled.

The account seems to be corroborated by a tweet of frustration Eaves sent yesterday afternoon:

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