Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

ESPN's Nolan hosts after blasting Trump

ESPN's Nolan hosts after blasting Trump

In December, ESPN's front-facing employees attended a mandatory meeting at the company's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to discuss the network's future and review its new policies on social media and political commentary.

ESPN's Katie Nolan appeared on the best show on late night, Vice's Desus and Mero, on Wednesday.

The diss came during a discussion about hand gestures associated with white supremacists. with Katie saying Trump uses the thumbs-up emoji simply because he's "stupid".

After bleeping out initial comments from Nolan regarding the president, she followed it up by calling him a "f*cking stupid person". And the Emmy-winning Nolan, who joined ESPN from rival Fox Sports three months ago, was clearly having fun.

But Nolan's comments don't technically violate the social media guidelines since they were not delivered on social media.

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The revamped guidelines say employees "should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates, politicians or political parties" while avoiding "personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric".

At ESPN, apparently anything goes as long as the vitriol is directed at President Trump.

Nolan was hired by ESPN in October after previously working for Fox Sports.

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill criticized Trump in tweets in September. Since joining ESPN, she has appeared on shows such as "Highly Questionable" with Dan Le Batard and one episode of a podcast that has yet to be officially named.

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