Kevin Durant supports Jemele Hill amid Trump controversy (vid)
Kevin Durant has made it clear he’s no fan of Donald Trump, so it’s hardly surprising he is rallying behind Jemele Hill amid the controversy stemming from the ESPN personality accusing the President of being a white supremacist.
“I’m behind Jemele — I support her,” Durant told a TMZ camera crew outside a Los Angeles nightspot.
The Golden State Warriors superstar praised Hill for “standing up for what she believes in” despite the backlash and drama.
Hill took to Twitter earlier this week to blast the President and accuse him of being a white supremacist and to argue he is “unqualified and unfit to be president.”
ESPN later weighed in on the controversy, calling Hill’s tweets “inappropriate.”
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
Hill later apologized for the tweets, expressing regret for how her thoughts on Trump “painted ESPN in an unfair light.”
So, to address the elephant in the room … #Facts pic.twitter.com/RTrIDD87ut
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017
ESPN then responded to Hill’s apology by indicating it was accepted.
Here’s the full statement from ESPN about @JemeleHill pic.twitter.com/IVAydvcwum
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 14, 2017
Developments that came to light later Thursday, however, indicated that while ESPN may have publicly accepted Hill’s apology, behind the scenes things may have been different, as the network reportedly attempted to keep her off the air on Wednesday. ESPN has since denied the allegations.
The controversy surrounding Hill’s comments even reached the White House, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders arguing the tweets condemning Trump amounted to a “fireable offense.”
And then on Friday morning, Trump bashed ESPN as part of a tweetstorm, suggesting the company is “paying a really big price for its politics.”
Durant has on a few occasions expressed his disdain for Trump, even saying that he would not attend the ceremony should Trump invite the reigning NBA champion Warriors to the White House.
“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant said earlier this year. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”
With that in mind, the notion that Durant would back Hill in this situation shouldn’t come as a shocker.