ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

NEW YORK (AP) – ESPN is reminding employees of the network’s policy to avoid talking about politics after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticised United States (US) President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this week.

The reminder went out last Friday to all employees, including Le Batard, according to an ESPN employee who spoke on condition of anonymity last Saturday because the person was not authorised to speak publicly about personnel matters.

ESPN has not spoken publicly about Le Batard’s comments.

Reached last Saturday, Le Batard also declined comment.

For ESPN, the episode raises comparisons to what happened following anti-Trump tweets by its former anchor Jemele Hill nearly two years ago.

Following that case, and criticism among some conservatives about left-leaning remarks on ESPN’s air, Network President Jimmy Pitaro decreed that its employees should avoid political talk unless they’re reporting on issues raised by sports figures.