Katie Nolan seemingly flouts ESPN protocol, calls Donald Trump ‘stupid’ (vid)
Katie Nolan, a recent ESPN hire, may find herself in hot water for seemingly flouting network policy by calling President Donald Trump a “(expletive) stupid person.”
Nolan, making an appearance this week on Viceland’s late-night show, “Desus & Mero,” hammered Trump during a segment concerning whether the “thumbs-up” gesture is now a racist symbol “because Trump always does this (thumbs up) with his thing,” said co-host Desus.
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“That’s because he’s a [bleep],” Nolan said. “Back it up. Back it up. That’s because he is a (expletive) stupid person.”
Nolan seemingly put ESPN in a tough spot for her candid comments on Trump. In the wake of a substantial controversy that reached all the way to the White House, “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill was publicly reprimanded by the network after calling Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter. Trump called on ESPN to fire Hill in the wake of her comments.
The fallout from the Hill controversy ushered in an updated, more restrictive social media policy, which states in part: “Commentaries on relevant sports-related issues are appropriate, but we should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates, politicians or political parties.”
Regarding Nolan, “the sense is the brass at Bristol will give her a pass,” per the Sporting News, due to the late-night, freewheeling nature of the program on which she was appearing when stating her unflattering opinion of Trump.