ESPN viewers quickly took to social media questioning the company's position on Nolan's comments.
The policy applies to ESPN employees on social media so Nolan didn't technically violate the guidelines since she was not posting online.
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The Nolan brouhaha is just the latest in a litany of bad press for the sports network. In October the network suspended SC-6 host Jemele Hill for two weeks for calling for fans to boycott Dallas Cowboys advertisers. One of her offenses was for criticizing Trump.
Nolan mentioned that she had the flu when she made the comments.
ESPN issued revised guidelines on social media and political commentary late a year ago.
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It's unclear whether or not ESPN will punish Nolan or let the comments slide.
In the fall, ESPN implemented new social media guidelines for its staff stating that employees should avoid "personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric" and 'refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates, politicians and political parties, ' Sporting News reported. And given the late night comedy setting and the irreverent nature of her entire appearance, the sense is the brass in Bristol will give her a pass. Since then she's appeared on a variety of TV shows, including Hill's "The Six" and Dan Le Batard's "Highly Questionable".
Would ESPN have preferred Nolan never went there about Trump?
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"This has nothing to do with where on the political spectrum you fall", Kellerman said.