ESPN is pulling reporter Rachel Nichols from its NBA protection and canceling her present “The Soar,” the community confirmed Wednesday. The choice followsover leaked feedback she made about her former colleague Maria Taylor.
“We mutually agreed that this strategy relating to our NBA protection was greatest for all involved. Rachel is a superb reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content material,” stated David Roberts, ESPN’s senior vice chairman of manufacturing.
Nichols commented on the choice Wednesday. “Acquired to create an entire present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favourite individuals speaking about one my favourite issues,” she wrote on Instagram. “The Soar was by no means constructed to final perpetually nevertheless it certain was enjoyable.”
“Extra to come back.”
In July, The New York Occasions first reported on the leaked audio. Nichols, who’s White, stated Taylor was solely chosen to be the sideline reporter for final yr’s NBA Finals as a result of she is Black.
“If it’s worthwhile to give her extra issues to do since you’re feeling strain about your crappy longtime file on range – which, by the best way, I actually know personally – like, go for it, simply discover it elsewhere,” she stated within the recording.
A number of days later, ESPN benched Nichols from reporting on the sidelines of this yr’s NBA championship sequence. However she continued to cowl the sequence on “The Soar” and later reported on this yr’s summer season league event.
Rachel additionally apologized for the feedback on her present, saying, “I additionally do not wish to let this second go with out saying how deeply, deeply sorry I’m for disappointing these I damage, significantly Maria Taylor.”
Final month, Taylor additionallywith the community after each side didn’t agree on a contract extension.