Sharpton has called for a meeting with Disney’s board of directors to push for Hill’s reinstatement “along with other demands pertaining to corporate diversity,” according to a statement given to USA TODAY Sports and other media outlets. A news conference is scheduled for noon outside ESPN’s offices in New York.
“We consider it outrageous that Jemele Hill was suspended by ESPN,” Sharpton and the National Action Network said in a statement on Monday night. “She has the right to tell people that they ought to let advertisers know how they feel, since they are the consumers. While she didn’t call for a direct boycott, it’s not off the table for us in the civil rights community.”