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Rachel Nichols removed as ESPN's sideline reporter for NBA Finals

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Rachel Nichols eliminated as ESPN’s sideline press reporter for NBA Finals

Rachel Nichols will certainly not be consisted of in ESPN’s insurance coverage of the NBA Finals as a sideline press reporter, the network introduced Tuesday, 2 days after a dripped sound recording of Nichols making an undermining remark regarding coworker Maria Taylor was published by The New York City Times.

Nichols had actually originally been set up to be the sideline press reporter for the NBA Finals, which starts Tuesday evening in between the Phoenix metro Suns and also Milwaukee Bucks. Rather, NBA press reporter Malika Andrews will certainly be the sideline press reporter. Nichols will certainly still host “The Jump,” which is ESPN’s everyday NBA program.

“We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,” ESPN claimed in a statement.

The action follows The New york city Times released a tale Sunday that consisted of remarks from Nichols insinuating that Taylor was selected to be the host of the NBA Finals pregame program since Taylor was Black. Nichols is White.

“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols claimed in July 2020, per the Times’ record. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”

Nichols didn’t recognize her cam got on throughout the telephone call in which she made the remark, and also the cam transferred the sound to ESPN’s head office in Bristol, Connecticut. From there, a worker videotaped and also spread out the sound.

When Nichols held “The Jump” on Monday mid-day, she took a minute to excuse her remarks.

“So the first thing they teach you in journalism school is don’t be the story, and I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals,” she claimed. “But I also don’t want to let this moment pass without saying how much I respect, how much I value our colleagues here at ESPN, how deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team.”

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