Ex-NBA Star Stephen Jackson Defends ESPN’s Rachel Nichols Over Diversity Comments

After audio recordings of Rachel Nichols demeaning her ESPN colleague Maria Taylor were leaked, close friend of George Floyd and retired NBA star Stephen Jackson came to Nichols’ defense.

Last summer, Nichols left an ESPN camera running in her hotel room at the NBA bubble in Orlando. During a conversation with an advisor to LeBron James, Nichols, who is White, complained ESPN gave Taylor, who is Black, the NBA Finals hosting gig because of the company’s “crappy” track record with diversity.

“How mad were we?” Jackson said in a video showing support for Nichols. “When you know you deserve the job and they give it to a White person just because he’s White. We been dealing with that our whole
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