Anchor who called Trump racist regrets painting ESPN in ‘unfair light’

The ESPN anchor who called President Trump a "white supremacist" and a "bigot" on Twitter now says she never wanted to paint ESPN "in an unfair light."

In a statement posted to Twitter early Thursday, Jemele Hill wrote that the comments "expressed her personal belief" about the president.

"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal belief," the SportsCenter anchor wrote. "My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for my company and my colleagues remains unconditional."

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Hill in several tweets on Monday said that Trump's rise to the presidency was a direct result of white supremacy in America.

"Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period," Hill wrote. "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."

ESPN called Hill's Twitter tirade "inappropriate" but declined to discuss disciplinary action in a statement on Monday.

"The comments on Twitter from 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."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to Hill's attacks at a press briefing Wednesday, when she said that Hill should be fired from the network.

“That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said Wednesday.