ESPN says it has 'addressed' host's 'inappropriate' comments on Trump

An ESPN spokesman said Friday that the network has addressed the “inappropriate” comments made by host Katie Nolan after she called President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE a “f------ stupid person.”

Nolan made the comments in an appearance on Viceland’s late-night show “Desus & Mero” earlier this week, after the show’s hosts joked about whether Trump was giving the “thumbs up” because it is a white supremacist symbol.

“That’s because he’s a (bleep),” Nolan said. “Back it up. Back it up. That’s because he is a f------ stupid person.”


“We have looked into the totality of Nolan’s comments, they were inappropriate and we have addressed it with her,” ESPN’s senior communications director told The Washington Post.

The network recently issued new guidelines for employees regarding social media and political commentary, instructing them to avoid overt partisanship and inflammatory comments.

The guidelines were revised to be more stringent after SportsCenter host Jemele Hill was suspended for violating policy with controversial tweets suggesting that her followers should boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he threatened to bench players who kneeled during the national anthem. Hill also called Trump a “white supremacist” in an earlier tweet. 

Nolan has been with the network for three months.