In December, ESPN's front-facing employees attended a mandatory meeting at the company's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to discuss the network's future and review its new policies on social media and political commentary.
Katie Nolan, a recent hire at ESPN, appeared on the talk show Desus & Mero on Viceland on Wednesday night.
After one of the hosts refers to Trump's habit of giving the thumbs up, Nolan shoots back "Well that's because he's a [expletive]".
Less than three months into her ESPN tenure, Katie Nolan already is testing boundaries at a network that desperately wants its personalities to stick to sports.
Appearing Wednesday night on the almost two-year-old Vice Media channel, Nolan and the comedy duo of Desus Nice and The Kid Mero were discussing hand gestures and memes that could be associated with white supremacists. She then catches herself, apparently realizing she's said something she should not have, and says "That's because he's a f-ing stupid person".
"That's because he's a f-- stupid person", Nolan replied.
That vague statement doesn't necessarily mean that Nolan hasn't been suspended or punished, as ESPN does not make all of its disciplinary actions public.
Nolan was hired by ESPN in October after previously working for Fox Sports.
TMZ reported that Nolan will not be suspended for making the comment. It tells its employees that they "should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates" and should "avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric". Fast-forward to the 13:00 mark for her Trump comments.
Would ESPN have preferred Nolan never went there about Trump?