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Maria Taylor leaves ESPN after Rachel Nichol’s comments


The move is not so surprising, as Taylor’s contract ended. But her exit is remarkable because it comes just weeks after comments from one of her colleagues sparked controversy plaguing Taylor and ESPN.
Earlier this month, the New York Times published a bomb story about comments made by Rachel Nichols, another NBA analyst for ESPN, about Taylor. The Times reported on a leaked recording of a private conversation from last year in which Nichols, who is white, says Taylor, who is black, was chosen to lead last year’s NBA Finals coverage because of the company’s diversity.

Nichols apologized in the air after the news, saying she was “deeply, deeply saddened that I am disappointed in those I have hurt, especially Maria Taylor.”

ESPN said on Wednesday that “after much discussion, no agreement could be reached on a contract extension.”

Taylor thanked ESPN for her time there.

“So grateful to Jimmy and all my great teammates and friends on the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family – the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Said Taylor in a statement. “Words are insufficient to express my unlimited appreciation and I hope to make them proud.”

Jimmy Pitaro, president of ESPN and sports content, added that Taylor’s “remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic.”

“There is no doubt that we will miss Maria, but we are determined to continue to build a deep and talented talent list that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve,” he said in a declaration. “While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we have done together.”

What’s next for Taylor is yet to be determined. However, it has been reported by the New York Post that Taylor is on his way to NBC as part of the network’s upcoming Olympic coverage.



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