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Rachel Nichols, a ESPN colleague, has apologized for Maria Taylor's conduct on national television, this after a shocking NYT report. Former NBA stars Kendrick Perrykins and Richard Jefferson were also there to add their two cents.
The NBA veteran anchor appeared Monday on "The Jump", to discuss the Times' weekend story. It shed light on the drama at the network over the past year... the following controversial comments Rachel made about Maria, who is Black.
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RN admitted right away that she didn't like being the story... but she still acknowledged it and said she was sorry for her comments. Rachel said she was thankful to be a part of the ESPN team.
Perk and Rich continued the conversation. Rich first chime in, thanks Rachel for taking responsibility and reiterating to the audience that she knew her heart. Rich also pointed out that he always felt at ease in her company. He also called out Maria, saying that she was worthy of every opportunity and that they should all be supporting each other moving forward. RJ also echoed these sentiments.
However, he ended his remarks on a sobering note, saying that he and Rachel had had difficult convos about this in recent months... and that they will continue to have difficult convos. Rachel thanked them for their POVs and continued with NBA Finals coverage.
This comes after surfaced audio shows Rachel speaking candidly with Adam Mendelsohn, LeBron James' PR adviser. Rachel also expressed frustration at ESPN looking to have Maria host the Finals. Rachel compared this to a "diversity move".