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ESPN’s Jemele Hill Voted ‘Most Annoying Person in Sports Media’

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When it comes to the most annoying person in sports media, there really is no debate.

The Spun, once again held their annual “Most Annoying Person in Sports Media” tournament, announcing on Monday that ESPN’s Jemele Hill had won the award. Few had given her a chance of prevailing over fellow ESPN talker Stephen A. Smith, but after an unprecedented onslaught of political tweets, presidential insults, a suspension, and boycott advice, Hill prevailed over her hapless opponent.

The former SportsCenter host sarcastically acknowledged the award on Twitter:

Hill’s path to the championship was not an easy one, from the outset, she faced a bracket of supremely irritating sports talkers:

According to NESN, “The Final Four of the tournament included Hill, Smith and Skip Bayless, all of whom were No. 1 seeds, and No. 12 seeded Bill Walton. Hill defeated Smith 60-40 in the championship round.”

Hill’s ascent to the crown of sports annoyance can be traced back to last September, when she tweeted that President Trump was a “white supremacist,” who had “surrounded himself” with other white supremacists:

Hill then followed that performance up by doubling down on those remarks in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. In which she said of her tweet about Trump, “I don’t regret what I said or even the language that I used.”

However, Hill’s brazen political dalliances would eventually come back to haunt her. In October of 2017, the then-SportsCenter host advised fans angered by Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones statements about anthem protests, to boycott the team’s merchandise:

With a track record like that, Hill’s reign atop the world of sports annoyance could be a long one.

Follow Dylan Gwinn on Twitter @themightygwinn


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