The arrival of Jemele Hill to Page 2 has been surrounded with discussion, mostly because of her apparent salary, reported by The Big Lead as $400,000 over two years.
Well, since we posted about Hill's confusing but still well-written debut column on Wednesday, we've received several emails from on-the-down-low ESPNers with one clear message: The $400,000 figure is wrong, and she's not making that much.
It's difficult to imagine how the number could be conjured from thin air, and Hill actually have given an interview to The Big Lead, just before the figure was reported, but it has been pretty uniform: They all say the number is wrong.
The Big Lead, for their part, is sticking to their guns: "We stand by our story, and ESPN should stand by the salary they paid Hill. If she delivers, it's a moot point."
It could be expectations-tempering spin, or it could just be the correcting of a figure that seemed insane from the second we heard it. Whatever the figure is, it's clear Hill has a spotlight on her from the get-go over there; we just hope they're able to resist any more "Me On Me" headlines.