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 said that on-air personality Katie Nolan was reprimanded after she called President Donald Trump a "f*****g stupid person" while appearing as a guest on a Viceland show. One of the co-hosts told Nolan a thumbs-up means "white power", noting President Trump often uses the gesture.
The policy applies to ESPN employees on social media so Nolan didn't technically violate the guidelines since she was not posting online.
"We have looked into the totality of Nolan's comments, they were inappropriate and we have addressed it with her", the rep revealed.
Nolan was talking to Desus Nice and The Kid Mero about Trump's thumbs-up hand gesture, which has apparently inspired white supremacists to copy him.
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Nolan was likely spared suspension because her comment was made on a talk show, not via social media. The first insult she used for him is bleeped out, but then she added that he is a "fucking stupid person".
Hill made her comments in October, 2017, and was suspended by the network.
Whether Nolan faces any punishment remains to be seen and ESPN declined comment to Sporting News.
ESPN anchor Jemele Hill criticized Trump in tweets in September. Her new podcast for ESPN is expected to launch on January 10.