The scene: Jemele Hill’s brain, which very much resembles Oliver Hardy, is glaring at her mouth, which is the spitting image of Stan Laurel. Her brain looks disgusted, adjusts its bowler hat, and says derisively: “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into!” Oh, Jemele. Why?
Apparently still feeling the effects of being allegedly stalked on a L.A. freeway, Hill did what she promised all of us she would never again do; put her foot in it. As if comparing the Boston Celtics to Hitler wasn’t damage enough to her career, on Wednesday she decided to advocate, on TV, that Packers fans throw batteries at He Who Shall Not Be Named (For At Least Another 5 Days), when that former Green Bay QB returns to Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings this season.
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Remember when main media and sports blogs went absolutely wild in criticizing ESPN’s new crackdown on Tweeting ESPN employees? If you’ve been paying attention since ESPN management took that enormous public relations hit, it’s clear that 99% of the memo that went out about the new policy is not being enforced by the suits @ Bristol.
(From earlier today. Guess Skip and every other ESPNer missed the memo!)
Virtually all ESPNers who were giving their thoughts and opinions about sports before the memo have continued to do so, unabated.
(Mort now breaks news on ESPN first, then links via Twitter)
In fact, there’s only one part of the policy that has been duly observed by ESPN on-air personalities. And it applies to a minority of ESPNers. Read more…
• Rick Pitino’s reputation has taken a huge hit, as the Louisville b-ball coach impregnated the woman who’s been trying to extort him, then paid $3,000 for the abortion.
And now Karen Sypher says her marriage to Cardinals equipment manager Tim was all just a sneaky plot by Pitino to keep an eye on her. But hey, don’t blame Rick - blame 9/11!
• The release party for the new Miami Dolphins cheerleaders bikini calendar was quite the spectacle.
• Jay Mariotti denies that he’s going to be writing for the Chicago Tribune. Can’t wait to see Jay’s debut column in the Trib on September 1st!
• Manny Ramirez gets a memorable reception from San Francisco Giants fans - the same kind of reception that Barry Bonds used to get everywhere else except in the Bay Area.
• Engaged Malibu fashion designer Ali Kay may have encouraged Reggie Miller’s unwanted advances by sending the ex-NBA star photos of herself in bed & in a bikini. At least Ali’s still pretty good at making clothes.
Tags: Ali Kay
, Barry Bonds
, Bar Refaeli
, Chicago Tribune
, Jay Mariotti
, Jeanie Buss
, Jemele Hill
, Karen Sypher
, Los Angeles Dodgers
, Los Angeles Lakers
, Louisville Cardinals
, Manny Ramirez
, Miami Dolphins
, Nastia Liukin
, Nfl Cheerleaders
, Phil Jackson
, Reggie Miller
, Rick Pitino
, San Francisco Giants
, Tim Sypher
ESPN.COM’s Jemele Hill is a writer who often invites controversy (example: previously penning that rooting for the Boston Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim). As such, readers either love her or hate her. But even love can be a bit scary sometimes, especially if you’re being supposedly stalked while driving on the freeway.
Jemele is apparently in Los Angeles this week - maybe to check out how the onion rings are at the ESPN Zone restaurant in the new L.A. Live downtown entertainment complex (under the guise of appearing on Jim Rome’s show). And she’s already been given a warm reception, complete with smiles & blown kisses from complete strangers in other cars. Who says SoCal drivers are unfriendly?
Congrats to Boston winning the title - even if the New York media doesn’t care.
• Did Kevin Garnett screw up a post-game shout-out to Adidas?
• Let’s hear from the real star of Boston’s title run - Brian Scalabrine.
• Saying ‘Sieg Heil!’ to the Celtics gets Jemele Hill suspended.
• One golfer thought Tiger Woods was faking his knee injury.
• Is Roger Clemens now selling off his possessions to pay his lawyers?
Tags: Baltimore Ravens
, Bill Belichick
, Boston Celtics
, Brian Scalabrine
, Cincinnati Bearcats
, Jemele Hill
, John Harbaugh
, Kevin Garnett
, Maria Sharapova
, Northwestern Wildcats
, Pacman Jones
, Roger Clemens
, Tiger Woods
SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY notes today that Jemele Hill was suspended by ESPN for the ignorant, childlike Hitler-as-the-Celtics comparison that she made in a recent ESPN.com piece.
Statement: “She’s been relieved of her responsibilities for a period of time to reflect on the impact of her words. Within hours of its posting on Saturday evening, the inappropriate references were removed from the site, but our system of checks and balances failed Jemele and our readers and we are addressing that as well.”
It is interesting to note that apparently the editor of the piece (see “checks and balances”) was not disciplined. At least that we know of. Read more…
Dubya dribbles with some Irish kids. We need a Guinness after viewing that.
• Tiger Woods’ win in San Diego is Wall Street’s loss in productivity.
• Speaking of the ex-Eldrick, Sports Illustrated needs help with next week’s cover.
• Doug Christie’s better half is blackballing him from the NBA.
• ESPN wants to keep an eye on you - a big, bloodshot eye.
• Meanwhile, the Worldwide Leader should keep an eye on Jemele Hill’s Hitler-Celtics comments.
Tags: Bob Stoops
, Doug Christie
, George W. Bush
, Hank Steinbrenner
, Jemele Hill
, Michael Irvin
, Pacman Jones
, Rich Rodriguez
, Rocky Wirtz
, Sports Illustrated
, Terrell Owens
, Tiger Woods
, Weird Baseball Trades
, Willie Randolph
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?