Jemele Hill, an ESPN commentator, apologized for her controversial remarks on Wednesday
ESPN host Jemele Hill has apologized for painting the sports network in an 'unfair light' with her controversial remarks about President Donald Trump.
She said in a statement that comments in which she called Trump a 'white supremacist' and 'bigot' were her 'personal beliefs', and apologized for bringing ESPN into the issue.
'My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs,' she said in a statement she posted on Twitter on Wednesday. 'My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.'
On Wednesday, during a White House briefing on hurricane relief, Sanders said she thought Hill's 'outrageous' remarks should be a 'fireable offense'.
Hill had tweeted on Monday that Trump is a 'bigot' and a 'white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.'
She also called him 'unqualified and unfit to be president' and said that 'if he were not white, he would never have been elected'.
Hill's statement was posted after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has called for her firing .
'I'm not sure if he's aware but I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,' Sanders replied.
'And certainly is something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.'
The channel itself distanced itself from the host's remarks on Tuesday when its ESPN PR Twitter account tweeted: 'The comments on Twitter Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN.
'We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.'
The furor kicked off while Hill was in a conversation regarding 'racist' singer Kid Rock's potential Senate run.
Hill called President Trump 'a white supremacist' in a social media rant on Monday, something that Sanders called 'outrageous' and a fireable offense
She said Trump is 'unqualified and 'unfit' for the role presidency
The comments, which have since been deleted, received backlash and praise
ESPN PR addressed the comments on Tuesday as 'inappropriate'
She transferred the conversation over to the President, writing in fiery tweets: 'Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
'The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me.
'Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white