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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am


White House: ESPN anchor could be fired

Staff, news services

BRISTOL, Conn. – White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that sports anchor Jemele Hill could justifiably be fired from ESPN for tweets calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “a bigot.”

“I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fire-able offense by ESPN,” Sanders said.

Sanders said she was not sure whether the president was aware of Hill's comments.

On Monday, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

Hill, an African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me.”

ESPN distanced itself from Hill's tweets.

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted from its public relations department's account. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Auto Racing

Stewart still supports Patrick

Tony Stewart called Danica Patrick “fearless” on Wednesday, his first comments about her upcoming departure from his race team in a financial move that could end her full-time driving career in NASCAR. On Facebook, Stewart said he pledged his “unwavering” support for Patrick, who said Tuesday on Facebook that she will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.


Kings' Randolph gets sentence

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been sentenced to community service after being arrested for marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project. Randolph, a 16-year NBA veteran from Marion, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with Sacramento in July.


Texans LB given PED suspension

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancers policy. It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Cushing, in the NFL's concussion protocol, will be eligible to return Nov. 28.


Paris, LA officially awarded games

International Olympic Committee put the rubber stamp on a pre-determined conclusion Wednesday, giving Paris the 2024 Games and L.A. the 2028 Games in a history-making vote. The decision marks the first time the IOC has granted two Summer Olympics at once. It came after a year's worth of scrambling by IOC President Thomas Bach, who had only the two bidders left for the original prize, 2024, and couldn't bear to see either lose. Both cities will host their third Olympics. The Paris Games will come on the 100th anniversary of its last turn, and the Olympics of 2028 will end a stretch of 32 years without a Summer Games in the United States. In exchange for the compromise, L.A. will grab an extra $300 million or more that could help offset the uncertainties that lie ahead over an 11-year wait instead of seven.


Dwenger football celebrates title

When Bishop Dwengerplays host to Carroll on Friday in its homecoming game, the school will also honor the 50th anniversary of its city championship team from 1967. The team included four all-city offensive players and seven honorable mentions, as well as an all-state tackle, Phil Sanborn, and honorable mention halfback, Jerry Gabet.


Serena posts about new baby

Serena Williams posted on Instagram and Twitter that she gave birth to a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. The baby was born Sept. 1.