ESPN television personality Rachel Nichols is not a horrible human being or a blatant racist.
However, leaked footage of her complaining about sports journalist Maria Taylor getting a spot on a television show over her shows she might not be the ally to the Black community that she thinks she is.
Nichols found herself engulfed in controversy when footage leaked of her complaining about Taylor getting to host the NBA playoffs pregame show over her because ESPN was trying to make up for its subpar record when it comes to diversity in front of the camera.
Yahoo Sports reported, “According to the New York Times, Nichols made these comments in July 2020 after ESPN told her that Taylor, who is Black, would be hosting coverage of the NBA Finals instead of her. Nichols sought advice from LeBron James’ longtime advisor Adam Mendelsohn on a call that was actually recorded because Nichols hadn’t turned her camera off.
“During the call, Nichols can be heard saying that she feels like Taylor is only being promoted over her due to ESPN’s long and terrible record on diversity.”
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