Rachel Nicholas, an ESPN host and sideline commentator, has proved once again why the so-called “woke” culture will eat itself alive. ESPN has officially pulled Nichols off the sidelines of the NBA Finals after a shocking video was leaked containing audio of Nichols making comments about ESPN’s way to handle diversity.
According to the New York Post, ESPN announced Tuesday that Malika Andrews will serve as the network’s sideline reporter during the 2021 NBA Finals. Nichols, who has been doing sideline reporting for ESPN’s basketball coverage alongside Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson, will continue to host her daily ESPN show “The Jump” on-site during the series.
Maria Taylor welcomes Malika Andrews to the 2021 NBA Finals pic.twitter.com/iLIwu8cydt
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“We believe this is [the] best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals. Rachel will continue to host ‘The Jump,'” ESPN said in a statement.
The controversy surrounding Rachel Nichols involved comments about Maria Taylor and ignited after a leaked conversation clip obtained by the New York Times showed Nichols talking to Adam Mendelsohn, an adviser to LeBron James, while she was in the NBA bubble last July. Nichols had no idea her video camera was recording and uploading to an ESPN server while she was on the phone.
“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said in one clip. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.
“I just want them to go somewhere else — it’s in my contract, by the way; this job is in my contract in writing,” Nichols added.
When Rachel Nichols lost her TV job to Maria Taylor because of diversity pressure per Nichols, who was her first call? LeBron’s top advisor. If you ever wondered why LeBron gets a free pass for his idiocy, here you go. ESPN’s talent is working with him: pic.twitter.com/pRMX3wdIch
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Numerous ESPN employees were “outraged” by Nichols’ remarks in the video. An ESPN employee who works on the network’s NBA coverage told The New York Times that Nichols not being punished for her comments was “an active source of pain.”
Several conservatives, including YouTube commentator, Black Conservative Perspective (BCP), viewed the entire controversy as chaotic and the beginning of the end of woke culture.
BCP pointed out the lack of accountability on the part of Nichols and ESPN, specifically concerning the audio being leaked. Nichols has been a key advocate of ESPN firing white male commentators and replacing them with more ‘diverse’ personalities. However, when her job was on the line, she did a complete 180-spin from her original “woke” stance.
BCP summed up much of this entire story by saying, “It is a race to the bottom in terms of victimhood. It’s the victimhood Olympics.”
In an attempt to refocus attention on the upcoming NBA Finals, Nichols apologized on Monday for the contents of the leaked phone call and commented she made about her colleague.
“So the first thing they teach you in journalism school is don’t be the story. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals,” Nichols said to open “The Jump” on ESPN 2. “But I also don’t want to let this moment pass without saying how much I respect, how much I value our colleagues here at ESPN. How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team.”