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NBA-baas sê 'dit is hartseer om vroue teen mekaar te sien’ na ESPN-sage

IT’Sunfortunatethat Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor werepitted against each other”, NBA chief Adam Silver said, as he waded into the controversy involving the ESPN sports reporters.

His remarks came after the network removed Nichols from the sidelines for the NBA finals after she was caught on a hot mic making disparaging comments about her black colleague.

Sports journalist Rachel Nichols was caught on a hot mic making disparaging comments about a black colleague

Sports journalist Rachel Nichols was caught on a hot mic making disparaging comments about a black colleagueKrediet: ESPN2
Nichols is heard suggesting reporter Maria Taylor was only picked to host the NBA finals because ESPN was 'feeling pressure' about diversity

Nichols is heard suggesting reporter Maria Taylor was only picked to host the NBA finals because ESPN was ‘feeling pressure’ oor diversiteitKrediet: Getty

Silver waded into the ESPN scandal moments before Game 1 van die NBA Finals between The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, USA Today berigte.

The NBA Commissioner said: “It’s particularly unfortunate that two women in the industry are pitted against each other.

I know that both Rachel and Maria are terrific at what they do. They work extraordinarily hard.

The network confirmed the decision to replace Nichols on Tuesday, calling it the “best decision” for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA finals.

Nichols is being replaced on the sidelines by Malika Andrews.

Die controversy surrounding Nichols stems from comments she made in July 2020 about Taylor during a private conversation that was inadvertently caught on camera.

In 'n opname van die gesprek, die eerste keer vrygestel deur die New York Times, [object Window] is heard suggesting that Taylor was only picked to host the NBA finals coverage because ESPN was “druk voel” oor diversiteit.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver praised the sports reporters' for their work ethic

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver praised the sports reportersfor their work ethicKrediet: Getty
Nichols did not realize the call was being recorded as it was streamed back to ESPN HQ in Bristol, Connecticut

Nichols did not realize the call was being recorded as it was streamed back to ESPN HQ in Bristol, ConnecticutKrediet: Getty

She did not realize the call was being recorded and the video was later uploaded to a server at the company’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Nichols said: “I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, sy dek basketbal.

If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your cr***y longtime record on diversity — which, Terloops, I know personally from the female side of it — like, gaan vir dit.

“Kry dit net iewers anders. Jy gaan dit nie by my kry of my ding wegvat nie.”

Nichols was seeking advice from Adam Mendelsohn – a long-term advisor to LeBron Jamesas she believed her bosses were advancing Taylor at her expense.

Nichols publicly apologized for her behavior on Monday night

Nichols publicly apologized for her behavior on Monday nightKrediet: Getty

The call was held while Nichols was in her hotel room but a camera that she appeared to forget to switch off recorded the conversation and broadcasted it back to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

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Dozens of ESPN employees have access to the company’s video servers as part of their normal workflow, the New York Times reports.

The veteran host in die openbaar om verskoning gevra vir haar gedrag during a Monday night broadcast of The Jump.

Sy het gese: “The first thing they teach you in journalism school is don’t be the story, en ek beplan nie om vandag daardie reël te oortree nie.

“Maar ek wil ook nie hierdie oomblik laat verbygaan sonder om te sê hoeveel ek respekteer nie, hoeveel ek ons ​​kollegas hier by ESPN waardeer, hoe diep, Ek is baie jammer dat ek diegene wat ek seergemaak het teleurgestel het, veral Maria Taylor, en hoe dankbaar ek is om deel te wees van hierdie uitstaande span.”

Former NBA star Kendrick PerkinsthankedNichols for takingaccepting responsibilityfor her actions.

Nichols initially joined ESPN in 2004 and was a regular on the network’s flagship showSportsCenteras well as the NFL and NBA shows.

She left ESPN for CNN in 2013, later working for TNT’S NBA broadcasts before rejoining ESPN in 2016.

Taylor, intussen, had primarily been seen on ESPN’s coverage of college football since joining the company in 2013. She started hostingNBA Countdown” in 2019.

ESPN se Rachel Nichols vra Maria Taylor om verskoning ná 'rassisties’ warm mikrofoon wat sê dat sy 'innig jammer is’ sportaanbieder