"Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened", King said.
ESPN has terminated on-air talent in the past for right-leaning actions on social media, but has stood by Hill despite White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calling the rhetoric a "fireable offense" during Wednesday's press briefing.
While Hill has not deleted the offending tweet, she has released a statement saying that she apologizes for fostering the perception that she's speaking for her employer.
Next, management asked Hill to apologize.
She called the president "a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists".
Hingis and Murray too good for Chan and Venus
Keys is 22; Stephens is 24. "I did play a lot of mixed doubles when I first started playing and had a lot of success". In July, she and her Romanian partner Monica Niculescu were overwhelmed in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon .
Then, thirty minutes later, she tweeted a screenshot of a note in her phone that read simply, "My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs". She added her respect for ESPN and her co-workers "remains unconditional".
ESPN refuted that part of the story, though.
None of the incidents are apples-to-apples comparisons, but the same source said Cohn's punishment had less to do with politics than public appearance, as ESPN wants employees not involved in the day-to-day business side of things to avoid publicly speculating on its business decisions. According to Nielsen, it has lost more than 12 million subscribers since 2011, with more and more people cutting the cable cord and turning to streaming live events.
If ESPN does try sidelining Hill, trust there will be hell to pay.
ESPN denies claims that it tried to remove Hill from SportsCenter. The reason I tweeted what I tweeted is I know Jemele, I have spent time with her, I know what she is about, and I wanted to say that I support her as a friend and a colleague. They further clarified that they had already spoken with her on the matter and she acknowledged her comments were inappropriate.
Ms. Hill and Mr. Smith ended up hosting the show as usual.