Katie Nolan comments that Trump is a 'stupid person' were 'inappropriate'


New ESPN star Katie Nolan jokingly called President Donald Trump a "f-- stupid person" this week on Viceland's "Desus & Mero" late night comedy show, less than a month after the company revised its social media guidelines, imploring its staff to steer clear of politics.

Nolan and the program's hosts discussed whether the thumbs-up sign is a "white power" symbol. The network adds that "they were inappropriate and we have addressed it with her".

When Desus Nice pointed out that Trump frequently makes a thumbs up gesture, Nolan burst out with a string of bleeped out expletives, which she then amends to, 'that's because he's a f*****g stupid person'.

Whether Nolan faces any punishment remains to be seen and ESPN declined comment to Sporting News.

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

Nolan clamored to cover up her harsh words, saying she was on "medicine" because she had the flu. It tells its employees that they "should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates" and should "avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric".

But Nolan's comments don't technically violate the social media guidelines since they were not delivered on social media.

In October, before the new guidelines were released, ESPN suspended "SportsCenter" personality Jemele Hill for what the network deemed a second recent violation of its former social media policy.

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