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Jemele Hill, the amateur draft

In a previous post, I looked at a November 19 article by ESPN columnist Jemele Hill, which apologized for Barry Bonds. It was reactionary, lied by implication and shouldn't have been considered journalism: it did not report so much as throw baseless accusations and stir up shit.

Jemele Hill was recently suspended for a June 15 article she wrote regarding the Boston Celtics. An admitted Detroit Pistons fan - whom the Celtics beat in the semi-finals - Hill wrote "Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It's like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan."

My question is: Why the hell wasn't Hill fired?

(P.S. - ESPN edited out the above quote from the article, but left the article up. Quotes that they didn't remove:

"Rooting for the Celtics is like supporting inflation, unemployment and locusts. It's like praying for Eva Mendes to get married and for Brad Pitt to be disfigured. It's like wishing dollar bills and free time for Pacman Jones. It's like hoping the pit bull doesn't take Michael Vick's pinky as a memento."

"If you're from Detroit, and you're at peace with the idea of the Celtics winning another NBA title, immediately hurl yourself off the Ambassador Bridge."
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The Rays used the #1 pick in the 2008 June Amateur Draft to select high school shortstop Tim Beckham, and gave him a $6.15 million signing bonus to sign his contract with them. An 18-year-old who's never logged a single professional AB already has enough money to set himself up for life. Not that this is new, but still... damn. I should have kept up playing baseball in high school.
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