ESPN.com apologizes for Celtics-Hitler reference
By Jessica Heslam
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - Updated 10h ago
Boston Herald Media Reporter
An ESPN.com columnist is apologizing - through a statement released by the Web site - for likening cheering for the Boston Celtics [team stats] to Adolf Hitler and nuclear war.
In her original column railing against the Celtics, Jemele 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.”
Hill’s piece was posted on ESPN.com late Saturday, and a spokesman for the sports powerhouse said yesterday that the crude comparison was edited out within hours.
The newly edited version of the piece, “Deserving or not, I still hate the Celtics,” is still online. Hill did not respond to an e-mail for comment yesterday. ESPN.com released a statement.
“The column, as originally posted, made some absolutely unacceptable comparisons,” the statement said. “We’ve spoken with Jemele, and she understands that she exercised poor judgment.”