Maria Taylor leaves ESPN after colleague claims race acquired her NBA job
ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor interviews Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils following the sport in opposition to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.
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ESPN introduced on Wednesday that Maria Taylor will depart the community, a choice that comes after her colleague Rachel Nichols recommended Taylor acquired the job due to her race.
ESPN mentioned in a press release Wednesday that Taylor’s final project was the NBA Finals telecast on Tuesday and her contract is now over. ESPN mentioned the 2 sides couldn’t agree on a brand new contract.
“Maria’s outstanding success speaks on to her skills and work ethic. There is no such thing as a doubt we are going to miss Maria, however we stay decided to proceed to construct a deep and expert expertise roster that totally displays the athletes we cowl and the followers we serve,” mentioned Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of ESPN. “Whereas she selected to pursue a brand new alternative, we’re happy with the work we have finished collectively.”
Taylor, 34, seemingly landed a brand new job at NBC, in line with the New York Submit, and he or she is predicted to a part of the community’s Olympics protection that begins on Friday.
Taylor may additionally doubtlessly turn out to be the host of “Soccer Evening in America,” a pre-game present on NBC, or have a task on Notre Dame soccer this season if the NBC contract is finalized, the Submit reported.
“So grateful to Jimmy and all of my nice teammates and mates on the SEC Community, ‘School GameDay’, Girls’s and Males’s school basketball, and the ‘NBA Countdown’ household — the individuals who believed in me, inspired me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Taylor mentioned within the assertion on Wednesday. “Phrases are insufficient to specific my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”
The announcement comes weeks after the New York Occasions revealed particulars of a July 2020 telephone name with Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, the communications advisor to Los Angeles Lakers famous person LeBron James.
The dialog was recorded in Nichols’ resort room in Florida with out her data and was fed into ESPN’s management room in Connecticut from her digital camera. Nichols complained to Mendelsohn about Taylor getting a job internet hosting ESPN’s pregame and postgame protection of the 2020 NBA Finals, alleging that the community was making an attempt to make up for its “crappy longtime file on variety.” Nichols is white and Taylor is Black.
The recording started circulating inside ESPN shortly after the decision. Nichols was faraway from ESPN’s NBA playoffs protection earlier this month and her well-liked NBA present, “The Leap,” didn’t air for in the future.
Nichols has reportedly apologized on to Taylor however was rebuffed.
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