The BOSTON HERALD is reporting that ESPN recently released a statement apologizing for remarks made by ESPN.com PAGE 2 writer Jemele Hill. The statement addressed Hill’s piece from last week where she compared rooting for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals to “saying Hitler was a victim.”
Hill has since revised her column, leaving much of the Celtics hate intact, but of course the damage was already done?
From the HERALD:
The newly edited version of the piece, “Deserving or not, I still hate the Celtics,” is still online.
“The column, as originally posted, made some absolutely unacceptable comparisons,” the statement said. “We’ve spoken with Jemele, and she understands that she exercised poor judgment. Within hours of its posting on Saturday evening, the inappropriate references were removed from the site, and we are thoroughly reviewing the entire situation,” the statement said.
When asked how Hill’s remarks made it onto ESPN’s Web site, ESPN spokesman Paul Melvin said there was a “breakdown in the system of editorial checks and balances.”
Hill signed a well-publicized and allegedly lucrative deal with ESPN.com in October of 2006. Her contributions have drawn fire from a handful of bloggers (specifically for her rabid defense of Barry Bonds) - and gone largely ignored by everyone else.
Too often in the blogosphere, the name of the German tyrant is used in lazy analogies for evil or anything overly-empirical. Hill deserved getting cracked for this, both by her online peers and by her employer. Those who enjoy a good Jemele bashing, get it in while you can, because no reasonable person could see her sticking around after her current deal runs out.
We’ll see who gets painted as the victim then.