Jemele Hill, the ESPN commentator who has spoken controversially about President Trump, is reportedly leaving the sports network.
A buyout of their reported $ 2.5 million a year contract has been completed and their last day will be Friday, the New York Post said.
The split was due to Hill's desire to be involved in politics, while ESPN wants to be apolitical, the Post reported.
Hill is said to have recently met with new ESPN President James Pitaro to discuss their outcome, Variety reported.
Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Pitaro emphasized that the role of ESPN is to cover sports news without special political prejudice, the report said.
The Executive Director said he preferred that the company's journalists and commentators would not make their own views on political matters.
The controversy surrounding Hill began on September 1
Next month, ESPN Hill suspended two weeks later posting a tweet stating that viewers are boycotting advertisers from the Dallas Cowboys. She disagreed with owner Jerry Jone's comments about the protests of NFL players during the national anthem
. She was then assigned to the ESPN website "Undefeated," which covers the intersection of sports and race issues.
"So much of my career at ESPN – almost exclusively in some respects – was commented on," she told Variety. "They hired me as a columnist, I've been expressing my opinion since the first day."
"So much of my ESPN career – almost exclusively in some places – was in comments." You hired me as a columnist Expressing my opinion since the first day. "
During a lengthy conversation at the OZY Fest in July, Hill brooded over whether or not I would continue in the sports period, Fox News reported earlier.
"There is a real concentration, still a real need, for stories about colored women … that will be a big focus of what I do," she said.
She said she was "really excited" next stage of her career and would seek to break down institutional racism.
"Someone has to get up and rescue us," Hill said.
She called leaving sports media a "bittersweet" feeling.
Hill and ESPN were not immediately available to comment on their departure.