As part of a series of poems honoring 'feminism,' ESPN published a poem honoring cop-killer Joanne Cheismard.
According to Fox News, the sports media giant blamed the publication of the poem on "an oversight in the editorial process," which involved manually deciding which poems they would feature.
On Tuesday, April 25, ESPNW.com published a feature, "Five Poets on the New Feminism", in honor of National Poetry Month. The feature was designed "to reflect on resistance, redefining feminism and movement," as part of the struggling sports media network's efforts to win over more women readers.
Dr. DaMaris Hill's poem 'Revolution' led the feature, and it opened with a dedication that was written as follows: "(for Assata Shakur.)" Shakur's name is really Joanne Chesimard.
Joane Chesimard was involved in what would become one of the most notorious killings of a New Jersey law enforcement officer, Trooper Werner Foerster was gunned down on May 2nd, 1973, when he responded to assist a fellow officer on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The troopers encountered three members of the Black Liberation Army, a radical group that was responsible for the deaths of at least 10 police officers and multiple injuries to others.
The three BLA members began fighting with the Troopers and were able to disarm Trooper Foerster and kill him with his own service weapon. Trooper James Harper was wounded but was able to return fire and kill one of the three suspects.
The two remaining killers were captured and convicted in 1977 for the murder of Foerster. Joanne Chesimard, who was also a member of the Black Panther Party, escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984.
Chesimard has since received political asylum from the communist Cuban government.
More recently, Chesimard has become a darling of the far-left who ignore the fact that she’s a killer and refer to her as a “freedom fighter” and “escaped slave.”
Days before leaving office, Obama signed a new understanding with Cuba but agreed not to call for the return of our fugitives as part of the agreement.
Now, Gov. Christie wants to make sure that no further agreements are made without including the return of this violent criminal.
“I hope that what the Trump administration is going to do is, before we take any further steps with the relationship with Cuba, first and foremost, return this fugitive from justice so that she can rightfully serve the rest of her term for murdering a police officer,” Gov. Christie said.
An ESPN spokesperson said that "there was an oversight in the editorial process for selecting the poems." The spokeswoman also said that Dr. Hill was "a respected professor and poet", and "submitted the poem based upon her personal feelings for Assata Shakur."
The spokeswoman said that the poem was removed after it was decided that it was not appropriate for the site. In other words, it was removed after a massive backlash.
On Thursday afternoon, April 27, the title of the feature had been changed to "Four Poets on the New Feminism." Dr. Hill's poem had been removed and an editor's note at the bottom explained the changes.
Social media had exploded in criticism after ESPN's announcement that the poem was part of the feature, with The Federalist's Sean Davis mocking them on Twitter as being "the worldwide leader in praising cop-killers."
The poem incident comes right after Wednesday's massive purge from ESPN of about 100 television, radio, and Internet personalities in an attempt to reverse a ratings plunge.
Shakur remains on the list of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists, and the FBI is offering a $1 million reward for her arrest.