Jason Sehorn played defense for the Giants, but he’s going full offense when it comes to ESPN.
The former cornerback appeared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning to talk about the controversy swirling around ESPN’s Jemele Hill’s comments about President Trump. Sehorn said ESPN told him not to get political during his work for the network and he doesn’t believe political beliefs are what viewers want to see.
“When I as a fan and a viewer tune into ESPN, I don’t want politics and I don’t want to look at a person and have to think politics,” Sehorn said. “So I understood when they asked me to curtail some of my political aspirations. When I see it now, it’s like ‘Whoa, wait a minute. You told me one thing and you run a program one way, and yet you completely contradict yourself.”
Hill released a statement late Wednesday saying she regrets painting ESPN in a negative light, but did not apologize for her comments where she referred to Donald Trump as a white supremacist.
ESPN said they took the matter up with Hill, adding that her comments “do not represent the position of ESPN.”
Sehorn has publicly shown he supports the Republican Party and even spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2004. Based on his comments to Fox News, it’s unclear whether he was told he couldn’t tweet politically or if that was just a topic to avoid when he’s on the air for college football.
Either way, Sehorn is saying he wants ESPN to stick to sports.
“I want sports when I turn to ESPN and now all of sudden, the lines are getting blurred a little bit and I think that’s what they have to clarify more than anything else,” Sehorn said.
Sehorn has worked at ESPN since 2011 as a college football analyst for ESPNU. The 46-year-old spent nine seasons in the NFL, eight with the Giants. He recorded 373 tackles with 19 interceptions and four touchdowns in his career.