Tweets that have rocked ESPN: From Jemele Hill to Bill Simmons

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BYFran Kilinski
Jemele Hill tweets that President Donald Trump is a white supremacist.

Jemele Hill, the outspoken co-host of ESPN's 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" — aka "The Six" — is in hot water with the network after a Twitter rant on Monday night in which she called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist."

ESPN's public relations department released a statement Tuesday calling Hill's comments "inappropriate," but it remains to be seen whether the World Wide Leader will hand down any type of discipline.

In the past, ESPN has been quick to dish out suspensions for controversial tweets.

With Hill's comments even getting attention from the White House on Wednesday, here are some of the most notable social media posts that have caused the suits at ESPN to freak out in the past.

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Bill Simmons

The boss of "The Ringer" and ESPN's former Sports Guy is guilty, on multiple occasions, of letting Twitter bring out the worst (or best) in him. In 2009, he tweeted an attack against a radio station in Boston for its reporting, calling them "deceitful scumbags" from his personal account. ESPN announced Simmons would serve a two-week suspension from Twitter for his comments.

And in 2013, his criticism of the argument-driven show "First Take" got him another three-day Twitter suspension from the network for calling a segment between Seahawks star Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless "awful and embarrassing to everyone involved." Simmons ended his "take" with: "But what bothers me about the reaction to that segment is people saying Richard Sherman 'won.' Nobody won. Everyone lost. Including ESPN."

Stephen A. Smith and Michelle Beadle

Stephen A. Smith

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Smith has a knack for getting under people's skin, but his comments about Ray Rice on "First Take" upset colleague Beadle. Smith, who in 2014 was giving his take on Rice's domestic abuse case, veered into indefensible territory that women sometimes "provoke" their domestic abusers.

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Beadle took to Twitter after Smith's comments aired live to express her anger ("So I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating.... Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away." Smith gave an apology and tried to provide clarifying tweets, but the damage was done. His tweets were eventually deleted, but Smith served a one-week suspension from "First Take."

Sage Steele

Steele, the lead anchor for ESPN's "SportsCenter On The Road," took to Instagram to voice her opinion not long after protests against Donald Trump's new immigration policy delayed her flights earlier this year.

"I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people’s travel plans," Steele wrote on her Instagram post. "Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant."

The post also appeared on her Twitter feed, and she was quick to defend her stance that there are "better, more effective ways" to protest in the wake of controversial presidential policies.

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Keith Olbermann

Olbermann was another ESPN personality who couldn't quite mirror ESPN's views with his tweets when he jawed with Penn State students on Twitter.

A graduate student tweeted "We Are!" along with a link at Olbermann in 2015, after he attacked the university and the NCAA for reinstating Penn State's wins that were stripped following the ugly Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He included it in his "World's Worst in Sports" segment. He then responded to the student, with "...pitiful."

However, the link the student shared was about raising over $13 million for pediatric cancer research. Olbermann's attack on the student body was followed up with an apology via — you guessed it — Twitter, but not before ESPN suspended him from his show for a week.

Curt Schilling (and Keith Law)

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Curt Schilling

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The former Red Sox pitcher and World Series hero — who cemented his place in postseason history with his bloody sock — is no longer an ESPN employee after his views strayed too far for ESPN's liking.

Along with the 2016 Facebook post that appeared to agree with North Carolina's transgender bathroom bill, Schilling's departure from ESPN was compounded by a 2015 tweet he sent out comparing extremist Muslims to Nazis. He later apologized but, at the time, was relieved of his duties covering the Little League World Series, and eventually lost his spot as a commentator on "Sunday Night Baseball."

And probably the most ridiculous instance of disciplinary action involving ESPN talent also involves Schilling. This time a 2014 Twitter debate with Keith Law, an MLB writer for the network, about evolution.

Law disagreed with Schilling's theories about creationism, debunking Schilling's claims that evolution can't be proved because there aren't any fossils "between" species.

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"Seriously, if someone says evolution is wrong because there aren't fossils between monkeys and men, find a monkey and hit him with it," Law wrote as part of the back-and-forth.

ESPN's slap-on-the-wrist punishment for Law — apparently for arguing about science — was a brief suspension from Twitter for a few days, which the network claimed had nothing to do with his argument with Schilling.

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