ESPN’s Rachel Nichols apologized to her colleague Maria Taylor Monday afternoon after a controversial audio clip was released Sunday.
During the clip, which was shared by The New York Times, Nichols, who is White, can be heard stating Taylor, who is Black, was given the opportunity to host the NBA Finals last year for “diversity reasons.” Nichols began Monday’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump by addressing the leaked audio.
“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 on ESPN 2. “But I also don’t want to let this moment pass without saying how much I