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Maria Taylor leaves ESPN following Rachel Nichols comments

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 6: ESPN Analyst, Maria Taylor talks before the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns during Game One of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 6, 2021 at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Maria Taylor, one of the top NBA analysts on ESPN, is parting ways with the sports network.

New York (CNN Business)Maria Taylor, one of the top NBA analysts on ESPN, is parting ways with the sports network.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a bombshell story regarding comments that Rachel Nichols, another NBA analyst for ESPN, made about Taylor.

The Times reported a leaked recording of a private conversation from last year in which Nichols, who is White, says that Taylor, who is Black, was chosen to be the head of last year's NBA Finals coverage because of the company's diversity efforts.

Taylor thanked ESPN for her time spent there.

"So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women's and Men's college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up," Taylor said in a statement.

Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content, added that Taylor's "remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic. "

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