Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Katie Nolan Warned, Not Suspended by ESPN ... For Trump Attack

Katie Nolan Warned, Not Suspended by ESPN ... For Trump Attack

Katie Nolan could be putting ESPN's new political policy to the test.

ESPN's newest star Katie Nolan called President Donald Trump "a f***ing stupid person" on a podcast for Viceland this week, testing the boundaries of the sports network's policies on political commentary from their on-air employees.

Desus said the thumbs-up is now associated with white supremacy because President Trump often uses it in photo-ops.

The former "Garbage Time" host then said Trump frequently gives a thumbs up because he's a "stupid person".

Rob O'Neill said on "Fox and Friends" that if one was reading Nolan's lips while she was bleeped out, they would see her make a slur against handicapped people while insulting Trump - before essentially asking for a do-over of the comment. She was suspended a month later for violating the network's social media policy after tweets about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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Nolan clamored to cover up her harsh words, saying she was on "medicine" because she had the flu.

It's unclear whether or not ESPN will punish Nolan or let the comments slide.

The Nolan brouhaha is just the latest in a litany of bad press for the sports network.

Nolan joined ESPN in October, moving from Fox Sports.

The revamped guidelines say employees "should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates, politicians or political parties" while avoiding "personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric".

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