ESPN taking Rachel Nichols off its NBA programming

LOS ANGELES (AP) ESPN is cancelling Rachel Nichols’ program, ”The Dive,” and pulling her off NBA programs.

David Roberts, who was called recently to supervise the network’s NBA protection, stated in a declaration that ”we equally concurred that this technique concerning our NBA protection was best for all worried.”

”Rachel is an exceptional press reporter, host and reporter, and we thank her for her numerous contributions to our NBA material,” Roberts stated.

Nichols likewise verified the carry on her Instagram page. Sports Organization Journal was the very first to report it.

Nichols published: ”Got to produce an entire program and invest 5 years hanging out with a few of my preferred individuals discussing one my preferred things. An everlasting thank you to our remarkable manufacturers & team – ”The Dive” was never ever constructed to last permanently however it sure was enjoyable. More to come .”

ESPN will have a brand-new day-to-day NBA program that will premiere at some point prior to the routine season starts in October. Roberts likewise will be accountable for revamping and discovering a host for the ”NBA Countdown” program with Maria Taylor’s departure to NBC.

Nichols, who has more than a year staying on her agreement, has actually been an essential part of ESPN’s NBA protection because she went back to the network in 2016. ”The Dive” began in February that year and went from airing just throughout the season to an almost year-round component. She likewise was the sideline press reporter for the majority of ESPN’s leading nationwide video games this season.

Nichols came under fire, however, after a New york city Times report on July 4 comprehensive vital remarks she made about Taylor.

Nichols, who is white, made the remarks in 2015 when she discovered Taylor, who is Black, would lead the network’s studio program rather of her throughout the league’s reboot at Walt Disney World.

In a telephone call that was inadvertently taped and the Times acquired, Nichols stated: ”I want Maria Taylor all the success on the planet – she covers football, she covers basketball. If you require to provide her more things to do since you are feeling pressure about your bad longtime record on variety – which, by the method, I understand personally from the female side of it – like, go all out. Simply discover it elsewhere. You are not going to discover it from me or taking my thing away.”

The Times’ report stated the program’s team was upset with Nichols, who said sorry while hosting ”The Dive.” The report likewise came less than 3 weeks prior to Taylor’s agreement was set to end with ESPN and after she declined an extension.

ESPN changed Nichols with Malika Andrews as its sideline press reporter for the NBA Finals following the report. Nichols continued to host ”The Dive” onsite throughout the finals. She was likewise onsite throughout the just recently concluded Las Vegas Summertime League.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.