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Jemele Hill Won't 'Apologize' For Political Tweet (Photo)

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ESPN host Jemele Hill is reportedly furious after the network suspected her for tweeting her opinion on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' controversial new rule for players.

On Oct. 8, Hill addressed Jerry Jones' decision to not let any players who kneel during the national anthem participate in games. Jones said that any player who "disrespects the flag" will be benched for the game.

Hill tweeted in response to Jones' decision, writing, "Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don't kneel, some will see them as sellouts."

She later followed up, adding, "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players."

Hill then followed up with a third tweet: "Just so we're clear: I'm not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives."

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ESPN decided to punish Hill for violating its social media guidelines -- for a second time, it has been reported. 

"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," ESPN's statement reads, according to CNN. "She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision."

A source told Hollywood Life how Hill has been handling the suspension.

"She’s upset and she feels that what she has said on Twitter are her real feelings and she isn’t looking to apologize for it," the source said. "She should be protected by the First Amendment and she hoped it would be completely separate from ESPN but she understands where ESPN is coming from even if she doesn’t exactly agree with it. She gets emotional over important issues and happenings in her life and the fact that it has gotten to this point of a suspension means she is hoping that it will allow the conversation to continue."

The source added that Hill is "looking forward to being back because she really wants to stay with ESPN, a job that she has worked so hard for her entire career."

"She is choosing to move forward and not backwards and hopes the drama goes away by the time she returns," the source continued.

Even President Donald Trump weight in on Jones' decision on Twitter:  "A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. 'Stand for Anthem or sit for game!'"

Sources: CNNHollywood Life / Featured Image: Rob Poetsch/Flickr / Embedded Images: Max Pixel, Instagram via Hollywood Life

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