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Tuesday’s Mashup: Jemele Hill returns to ESPN after two-week suspension

Lucy Burdge
October 24, 2017 - 7:07 am

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-- Jemele Hill returned to the ESPN air on Monday night after serving a two-week paid suspension a second violation the network’s social media policy. 

The SC6 host addressed the suspension at the top of the show and thanked her co-host, Michael Smith, for his support. 

“I love you,” she said to Smith “You’re my brother. Thank you for holding this down while I was gone.” 

“I love you back,” Smith replied. 

Earlier in the day, Hill teased her return in a series of tweets, her first since her suspension was announced. 

“::taps mic:: Is this thing on?,” she wrote.

“1 — Back tonight at 6 (we’re on ESPN2 tonight). Sitting on a few hot takes, to say the least,” she added. “2 — Thank you all for standing with me and by me. Trust me, you did not do so in vain. My heart is full. See you tonight.”

Hill was suspended earlier this month after she tweeted on Oct. 8 in response to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he will bench any player who “disrespects the flag” by kneeling during the national anthem. 

 "If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers," Hill tweeted. "Don't place the burden squarely on the players."

She then tweeted she was not calling for an NFL boycott but ESPN doled out the suspension. 

-- Joe Buck, Al Michaels and Bob Costas are among the finalists for the 2018 Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting, it was announced Monday. 

Other finalists include Joe Morgan, Don Drysdale, Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese, who are in the Hall of Fame as players. 

The criteria for the award is stated as “Commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.”

The winners will be announced on Dec. 13 during winter meetings in Florida and will be honored in July during Hall of Fame weekend. 

Michaels hasn’t called a baseball game since 1995 but called games for 25 years before that. Buck has been doing it for 33 years, Costas for 24 and Morgan for 25. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That was one of the crazier games I’ve ever been at. I’ve never seen the fog like that at Foxboro. We’ve had some practices like that, but never a game. That was pretty cool.” -- Tom Brady, on the intense fog at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night