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 relating to 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 mentioned in a press release.
Nichols began The Bounce in 2016 and alluded to the present being canceled in a Tweet posted Wednesday.
“Received to create a complete present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favorite folks speaking about one in every of my favorite issues. An everlasting thanks to our superb producers & crew- The Bounce was by no means constructed to final perpetually but it surely positive was enjoyable. Extra to come back.”
Received to create a complete present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favourite folks ❤️ speaking about one my favourite issues 🏀 An everlasting thanks to our superb producers & crew – The Bounce was by no means constructed to final perpetually but it surely positive was enjoyable. 😎
Extra to come back… pic.twitter.com/FPMFRlfJin
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 25, 2021
ESPN and Nichols have been underneath fireplace since a New York Occasions article revealed feedback Nichols made throughout a non-public 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 it is advisable give her extra issues to do as a result of you feel strain about your crappy longtime file on range, which, by the best way, I do know personally from the feminine aspect of it, like, go for it,” Nichols, mentioned on the recording printed by the New York Occasions.
“Simply discover it elsewhere. You aren’t going to seek out it from me or taking my factor away,” she mentioned.
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.