ESPN host Jemele Hill is being paid during her two-week suspension for calling on fans to boycott advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys, according to an author who wrote a bestselling book on ESPN.
James Andrew Miller, who co-wrote along with Tom Shales the critically acclaimed behind-the-scenes history of the 38-year-old network titled, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” tweeted on Thursday that Hill's suspension will be of the paid variety.
Hill was suspended on Monday after tweeting that “change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about [Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones's] statement, boycott his advertisers.”
Jones said Sunday that any player on his team that doesn't stand for the anthem “would not play.”
Hill responded to Jones via a series of tweets to her more than 800,000 followers.
If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
ESPN pays $15.2 billion for "Monday Night Football" broadcast rights. The Cowboys have perennially been the NFL's most valuable team, with an estimated worth of $4.8 billion, according to Forbes. Games involving Dallas have also drawn the highest TV ratings of the season.
Many of the same advertisers Hill recommended boycotting also advertise on her 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" show.
In a statement announcing her suspension, the network cited the company’s social media guidelines and noted Hill had broken them for a second time.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,” reads the statement.
The host was originally embroiled in controversy more than two weeks ago after calling President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE “a white supremacist.”
It is not known what Hill's salary is, but an ESPN source tells FoxNews.com that she is estimated to make more than $1 million per year.
The Hill has reached out to ESPN for comment.