President Donald Trump on Friday slammed ESPN in the wake of remarks made by one of the channel's hosts that were critical of the president. He also asked for an apology. "I think the president has made plenty of comments on that front", Sanders said, although the president has never actually apologized.
"I'm a big believer in if you talk things out, work things out, look at the positive of things, things are going to get better and slowly but surely I think people are starting to see that", Damon said.
Trump's not-so-subtle response was a reaction to controversy surrounding host Jemele Hill, an outspoken liberal who now has a pair of photographs with Barack and Michelle Obama pinned atop her Twitter feed.
"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs".
On Wednesday, Ms. Hill issued a statement expressing regret for the way her comments "painted ESPN in an unfair light". "My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional", Hill tweeted.
Initially, ESPN denounced her comments Tuesday, earning the ire of people on the right, who felt the network was too lenient on her, and those on the left, who felt it was too severe.
"In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired", senior VP Rob King told Think Progress.
ESPN addressed Hill's tweets in a statement earlier this week, but did not indicate whether or not she would be disciplined. "We all know that", Clarke said. The network's public editor has said that there is a perception that ESPN has become political, and that has harmed the network.
Finally, ESPN tried to yank Hill from "Sports Center" on Wednesday night.
"I want sports when I turn to ESPN and now all of sudden, the lines are getting blurred a little bit", Sehorn said. "But I'll leave that up to them to decide, and I'll stay focused on my day job".