ESPN Takes Nichols Off NBA Finals Duty After Leaked Comments

ESPN has replaced Rachel Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA Finals following a report detailing critical comments she made about Black colleague Maria Taylor.

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FILE - In this Friday, July 31, 2020, file photo, ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols stands on the court before an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In a decision announced Tuesday, July 6, 2021, ESPN has replaced Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA Finals following a report detailing critical comments she made about Black colleague Maria Taylor. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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PHOENIX (AP) — ESPN has replaced Rachel Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA Finals following a report detailing critical comments she made about Black colleague Maria Taylor. The network announced Tuesday that Malika Andrews would handle that role for the series between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Nichols, who is white, has been the sideline reporter for its top national games this season and for last year’s NBA Finals. But the switch…

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