PHOENIX (AP) — ESPN has changed Rachel Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA Finals following a report detailing crucial feedback she made about Black colleague Maria Taylor.
The community introduced Tuesday that Malika Andrews would deal with that function for the collection between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.
Nichols, who’s white, has been the sideline reporter for its high nationwide video games this season and for final yr’s NBA Finals.
However the change was made after The New York Instances reported Sunday on her feedback final yr, when she discovered Taylor would lead the community’s studio present as an alternative of her throughout the league’s restart at Walt Disney World.
In response to the Related Press, Nichols mentioned in a telephone dialog, which was by chance recorded and obtained by the Instances, that she needs “Maria Taylor all of the success on the planet — she covers soccer, she covers basketball. If it is advisable to give her extra issues to do as a result of you feel stress about your crappy longtime file on variety — which, by the way in which, I do know personally from the feminine aspect of it — like, go for it. Simply discover it some place else. You aren’t going to seek out it from me or taking my factor away.”
Nichols, who apologized for the feedback on Monday’s “The Bounce,” will proceed to host the present onsite throughout the NBA Finals.
Taylor will host the finals pregame and halftime reveals.
In response to The Instances, Taylor’s contract expires July 31, and she or he has reportedly rejected an extension.