Former ESPN reporter and sports personality, Jemele Hill, recently revealed on Kevin Hart‘s TV series that she is coming back to ESPN. This time, she will work with the former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback and social activist, Colin Kaepernick. While Kaepernick is a free agent in the NFL, he is also working on a new documentary series with Netflix. The series will follow the events of his life starting when he was in high school.
Jemele Hill did not fully reveal in what capacity she will be working with Kaepernick. However, she did talk about how it has presented an opportunity to mend her relationship with her former employer, ESPN. “Not only has Kaepernick and the way people perceive his protests come full circle… my relationship with ESPN has as well,” she said. “Now Kaepernick is producing content with Disney and ESPN and he asked me to come on board as a producer.”
In 2017, ESPN suspended Jemele Hill for comments she made about Donald Trump. She received a lot of backlash on social media for calling Trump a “white supremacist,” so ESPN made the decision for business purposes. Hill left ESPN after the suspension. “Everybody was like why would you go back there after everything that happened?” Hill said. “And I’m like – because this is bigger than me.”
Jemele Hill Wants to See More Women Like Her in Sports
Both Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick have been fighting for social justice for several years now. In fact, Kaepernick’s free agency came about due to his protests of the National Anthem while on the 49ers. He has filed several lawsuits against the NFL for his treatment. Hill on the other hand has been fighting to see more Women of Color in the sports world beyond just as athletes.
“A lot of people of color don’t come from the kind of backgrounds where you can stay in a business that – maybe your first job you’re getting paid twenty thousand dollars a year, or you’re doing unpaid internships,” Jemele Hill stated. “We can’t afford to do that and so what’s next, is to make sure that I not only open the door, but I kick it open and leave it open because we need more women of color in sports.”