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ESPN Public Editor Deletes Tweet Blaming Media For People Thinking Trump Is a White Supremacist

In a blog post on ESPN.com yesterday, ESPN public editor Jim Brady criticized SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill for her “ill-advised” tweets labeling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” He noted that while part of Hill’s job as a commentator is to express her opinions, she “erred by ignoring company guidelines” and put the network is a “difficult position.”

He further went on to state that it was obvious that ESPN leaned left and that the answer to navigating the intersection of sports and politics is to improve the network’s “ideological diversity.” As would be expected with a post like this, Brady faced backlash on social media, and he decided to engage. And during that engagement last night, he sent the following tweet:

Welp, that tweet didn’t go over well at all, as it appeared he was attempting to lay the blame on the media for not portraying the president in a positive enough light.

Eventually, Brady deleted the tweet and offered up the following explanation:

And then he ended his evening of Twitter engagement over the whole uncomfortable topic by tweeting out his appreciation for those who got into it with him on Twitter:

Meanwhile, as the Hill controversy has consumed ESPN, network preisdent John Skipper sent a memo to ESPN staffers saying they needed to remind themselves that they’re a journalistic organization.

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