Maria Taylor has finally broken her silence amid the recent controversy surrounding her colleague, Rachel Nichols.
“During the dark times I always remember that I am in this position to open doors and light the path that others walk down,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing pictures of a few of her career highlights. “I’ve taken some punches but that just means I’m still in the fight. Remember to lift as you climb and always KEEP RISING ❤️”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the “NBA Countdown” host had been accused by her white colleague, Nichols, of landing an NBA finals gig just because she is Black — and not because of her undeniable talents.
“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 Monday’s episode of “The Jump.”
“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.”
The following day, ESPN announced that Malika Andrews has now replaced Nichols as the sports network’s sideline reporter.