Host Maria Taylor and ESPN officially parted ways following the NBA Finals. The move comes weeks after a 2020 phone call between ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and an advisor to LeBron James was leaked. On the call, Nichols suggested Taylor was promoted because ESPN was “feeling pressure” about racial diversity. Nichols was removed from NBA Finals coverage and an executive has promised ESPN will drill deeper into diversity and inclusion issues. NBC has reportedly been interested in hiring Taylor.
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