ESPN introduced the community is canceling The Bounce and pulling host Rachel Nichols from all NBA protection amid the backlash from Nichols race-related feedback about former ESPN reporter Maria Taylor.
“We mutually agreed that this strategy concerning our NBA protection was finest for all involved. Rachel is a wonderful reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content material,” ESPN senior vp for manufacturing David Roberts stated in an announcement.
Nichols began The Bounce in 2016 and alluded to the present being canceled in a Tweet posted Wednesday.
“Obtained to create a complete present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favorite individuals speaking about one among my favorite issues. An everlasting thanks to our wonderful producers & crew- The Bounce was by no means constructed to final ceaselessly but it surely certain was enjoyable. Extra to return.”
Obtained to create a complete present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favourite individuals ❤️ speaking about one my favourite issues 🏀 An everlasting thanks to our wonderful producers & crew – The Bounce was by no means constructed to final ceaselessly but it surely certain was enjoyable. 😎
Extra to return… pic.twitter.com/FPMFRlfJin
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 25, 2021
ESPN and Nichols have been beneath hearth since a New York Occasions article revealed feedback Nichols made throughout a personal cellphone dialog recorded on video.
On the recording, Nichols is talking with longtime LeBron James advisor Adam Mendelsohn and insinuating that Taylor was given the job (internet hosting ESPN’s pregame and postgame protection of the 2020 NBA Finals) as a result of she was Black.
“If you’ll want to give her extra issues to do as a result of you feel strain about your crappy longtime document on range, which, by the best way, I do know personally from the feminine facet of it, like, go for it,” Nichols, stated on the recording printed by the New York Occasions.
“Simply discover it some other place. You aren’t going to search out it from me or taking my factor away,” she stated.
Nichols apologized to Taylor after the New York Occasions story and was faraway from the 2021 Finals protection.
Taylor left ESPN and took a job with NBC.