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ESPN Ousts Rachel Nichols from NBA Finals Duty after Leaked Maria Taylor Remark

A recording of a 2020 telephone call between ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and an advisor for LeBron James was obtained by "The New York Times." On the call, which Nichols did not know was being recorded, Nichols vented about colleague Maria Taylor being named the host of ESPN's "NBA Countdown" for the NBA Finals, suggesting Taylor got the job because ESPN was “feeling pressure” about racial diversity. Nichols apologized Monday and she was taken off of sideline duties for NBA Finals coverage.

ESPN Ousts Rachel Nichols from NBA Finals Duty after Leaked Maria Taylor Remark

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