Former ESPN anchor and current Atlantic writer, Jemele Hill, is definitley no stranger to controversey and the immense backlash that comes with it. Jemele tries to remain relevant in the world of sports, by injecting politics into every possible situation, or pushing race as the main factor in her arguments. But now, with Hill’s latest stunt, she has taken things to a new extreme.
Tuesday night, Jemele Hill crafted a tweet that referenced political assassination during President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Hill has opened up a serious can of worms for herself, taking it to the point where the U.S. Secret Service will step in.
On Wednesday, media outlets found out Secret Service was made “aware” of Hill’s tweet, and will stand by their obligation to “investigate all threats related to our protectees.”
“While the Secret Service is aware of the subject’s comments, we cannot confirm or comment on the absence or existence of specific investigations. We can say, however, the Secret Service investigates all threats related to our protectees,” the Secret Service told the Washington Examiner in an email.
Hill’s original tweet that ended up being flagged, was crafted as a response to another Twitter user’s opinion on Trump’s 2019 State of the Union. Specifically, the user joked that liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., should have shouted, “Whose mans is this?” during the State of the Union address. This phrase is used to reference someone who is doing something wrong or something that is deemed uncool.
Jemele Hill responded with a tweet that said, “Nah, she gotta yell: GETCHO HAND OUT MY POCKET,” This tweet by Hill has since been deleted.
At first glance this response is not a big deal to me, but with closer inspection we can see Hill is trying to be cryptic about something. Those are the words shouted to Malcolm X by a bystander, in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, before giving his final public address. X’s security detail became distracted by the shouted comment, leaving time for three members of the Nation of Islam, to shoot and kill Malcom X.
Since her cryptic tweet was busted open by Twitter users, Hill has since apologized for her insensitive Tweet.
This latest incident involving Jemele Hill is just another tally mark on her already soiled career. She keeps making trouble when politics are brought into the equation, especially when the politics are opposing her own. In Oct. 2017, she had a similar incident when responding to a tweet about politics. Specifically, Hill was tweeting out ways to protest the Dallas Cowboys, because Jerry Jones claimed he will take action against players who disrespect the flag or anthem.
ESPN suspended Hill for two weeks for the incident, and eventually fired her for a number of different incidents that followed. This is also not the first time Jemele Hill appeared in headlines bashing President Trump either. In Sept. 2017, she tweeted that President Trump was a flat out racist, and white supremacist.
The Atlantic, Hill’s current employee, has not said whether they plan to suspend her for her comments.