Jemele Hill is already a part of The Ringer’s podcast family. She co-hosts the company’s Way Down in a Hole podcast, which takes a deep dive into the TV show, The Wire.
On Tuesday, Hill was a guest on another Ringer podcast. She joined Bryan Curtis on The Press Box to discuss the sports and media industry’s reactions to marches and protests for racial equality following the murder of George Floyd.
America is approaching two full weeks of protests. Before discussing the reaction of the NFL and ESPN, Hill noted that she is encouraged by the fact that the public hasn’t let the fight for equality fade away with the news cycle.
“I certainly expected people in the moment and the aftermath to be so emotionally effected by this tragedy that the momentum would certainly be there, but I never expected it to sustain as long as it did,” Hill said.
She called Roger Goodell’s video acknowledging the NFL was wrong in the way it reacted to Colin Kaepernick and other players kneeling in protest during the national anthem part of “quite an interesting 2020 bingo card” that also includes Taylor Swift calling out white supremacy.
According to Hill, Roger Goodell’s video was simply a case of doing the easy thing. What would carry more weight with her would be a directly apology to Colin Kaepernick from not just Goodell, but also the 32 NFL team owners.
“They destroyed this man’s career for speaking out against the very same thing that happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahamad Aubrey. And that’s never going to be made right.”
With Donald Trump running for re-election in 2020, it is almost a certainty that anthem protests will become part of the campaign. The president views calling out those that kneel during the national anthem as an easy way to score points with his base. Hill is skeptical that Roger Goodell and the NFL will hold their current stance and push back if they are bombarded with talking points and tweets coming from the White House.
“We’ll see what happens going forward. There’s a lot of players that are going to be kneeling in protest when football resumes. What is [Goodell] gonna do then?” Hill asked. “Donald Trump is not letting this go. He’s made this clear with his tweets.”
While Hill stopped short of praising ESPN, she did note that the freedom her former employer has given its employees to discuss this moment and their own experiences with racism is not something she ever thought would happen.
“They could have easily brushed past this,” Hill said. “I’m not necessarily giving them credit. I’m just surprised.”
Again though, Hill points out that right now polls show ESPN viewers are receptive to hearing these conversations and are interested in how to make police brutality and racial inequality a thing of the past. What happens in the future?
“I don’t judge you by what you do when it’s convenient. The only thing that’s changed is that public opinion has changed.”
ESPN To Celebrate Dick Vitale During 2021 V Week
“Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN.”
ESPN’s 15th annual V Week for cancer research and awareness begins today, and ESPN has a whole bunch of promotions in store for the special event.
ESPN is launching the Campaign for a Cause: ESPN and the V Foundation x StockX, which allows fans to have a chance to win celebrity sneakers and memorabilia during V Week through StockX’s Campaign for a Cause benefiting the V Foundation.
Celebrities involved in the campaign include Drake, Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Nyjah Huston, Naomi Osaka, and more.
A new addition to V Week is is the development of #VStrongBaby to show support for ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who returned to call his first game of the men’s college basketball season last Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma in October. The hashtag is accompanied by a customized heart emoji in honor of the legendary commentator, which ESPN will feature throughout V Week.
ESPN also continues on in funding the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which continues to address health inequities that exist in cancer.
“The ongoing pandemic has continued to disrupt the critical need to fundraise for cancer research and address the health disparities impacting people of color in their fight against cancer,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN, and we are committed to continuing our work to close the gap in cancer disparities experienced by patients of minority populations and improve their outcomes.”
Along with these traditions, the Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s classics take place next week. The Men’s Classics begin Tuesday, December 7, followed by the Women’s Classics on Sunday, December 12, all airing live on ESPN.
Since the V Foundation’s inception in 1993, ESPN has helped raise more than $142 million in the fight to end cancer. Direct donations can be made at www.v.org/donate.
Outkick Planning Live Pregame Show For Georgia vs Alabama
Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout the show.
Alabama versus Georgia is sure to be the talk of the college football world this week. The game will have huge implications on the College Football Playoff selection the following day.
Outkick has announced that it will be covering the SEC Championship Game this Saturday with its own live show from Atlanta.
Kickoff for the actual game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern. But you can get a head start with Clay Travis and OutKick the Tailgate pregame show long before that, with their broadcast starting at 1:30 EST.
Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout.
The Outkick the Tailgate pregame show will be taking place live in Atlanta, Georgia at STATS Brewpub not far from the game taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Those who are in attendance for the live show can enter for a chance to win merchandise autographed by Alabama coach Nick Saban and receive other prizes as well.
Those who cannot be in attendance can watch via live stream either on the Outkick Youtube channel or on Twitter where full coverage of the pregame show will be aired. It will also be aired on the Outkick website.
New York Sports Media Reacts To Mets’ Gigantic Max Scherzer Deal
Many notable names in New York Sports Radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
The New York Mets have agreed with pitcher Max Scherzer on a three-year deal that is worth an obscene amount of money. The excitement around the team feels to be at a new high in the city of New York.
Many notable names in New York sports radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
There is no understating the significance of this move by the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner and one of the most prolific pitchers in the sport for the last decade, winning 190 games over his 13-year career.
It is worth noting however that the Mets have had a notorious history of giving out bad contracts to veteran players, with players like Pedro Martinez, Bobby Bonilla, and Mo Vaughn just to name a few as examples.
This is just one of many big signings that the Mets have already made this offseason. They have already added Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to the team as well.
Max Scherzer will be making $130 million over the duration of the three-year contract. The $43.33 million average annual salary sets a record, surpassing the $36 million New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is averaging after signing a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019.
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