A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN.
In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black, earned the job to host 2020 N.B.A. finals coverage because ESPN was “feeling pressure” on diversity.
Maria Taylor, at left front, considered refusing to appear on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” along with her costars, from left, Jalen Rose, Adrian Wojnarowski and Jay Williams. Rachel Nichols, right, was heard on a video making disparaging comments about Taylor. Jimmy Pitaro, center, ESPN’s president, has tried to smooth over the relationships. (Credit: Eleanor Shakespeare)