Just months after a tweet from an ESPN anchor prompted an angry response from the White House and President Trump, another sportscaster at the network is publicly taking shots at the President.
During a Jan. 3 appearance on the Vice show “Desus & Mero,” Katie Nolan called President Trump an “(expletive) stupid person.”
Nolan, who was hired by ESPN in October after a number of years of hosting “Garbage Time” on Fox Sports, later tweeted that she “had the flu” during the interview.
Granted, this appearance on a Vice show isn’t quite as formal as the meeting with members of Congress, but we know that the President was very unhappy when Jemele Hill called him a “white supremacist” and even tweeted about her after she was suspended for a 2nd offense:
With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
And before that, Trump tweeted this:
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
ESPN issued revised guidelines on social media and political commentary late last year. It tells its employees that they “should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates” and should “avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric.” The guidelines also mandate that “communication with producers and editors must take place prior to commentary on any political and social issues to manage volume and ensure a fair and effective presentation.”
The network said it has spoken to Nolan about her appearance on the show.
“We have looked into the totality of Nolan’s comments, they were inappropriate and we have addressed it with her,” Jay Jay Nesheim, ESPN’s senior director of communications, said in an email to The Post.
She got a warning. No doubt things could have been worse if Vice hadn’t bleeped out her initial comment. Here’s the video of her appearance. The comments about Trump come at 13:30.