Maria Taylor Finally Addresses the Elephant in the Room

Since the news broke about Rachel Nichols comments about fellow ESPN reporter Maria Taylor, all the public has heard so far is what Nichols has had to say- until now.

Taylor finally talked, although briefly about how she is dealing with the situation without bringing up Nichols or ESPN.

Maria Taylor speaks out

ESPN analyst Maria Taylor reports from the sideline during the Allstate Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers | Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In a tweet dated July 7th according to Yahoo, Taylor talked about the incident but not in the way most thought. She tweeted:

“During the dark times I always remember that I am in this position to open doors and light the path that others walk down. 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.”

No one would have blamed Taylor if she came out and blasted Nichols and ESPN for the way they have handled the situation. But instead, she took a calm approach to the whole situation and made it into a positive thing. She also knows if she came off harshly, she might be stereotyped as an “angry Black woman”

Nichols’s comments brought to light not only the work environment at ESPN but also the difficulties some people of color, particularly women, face in the sports and entertainment industry.

Taylor has moved up the ranks at ESPN, which may explain why Nichols said what she said about Taylor. Nichols basically said she only got the NBA gig because of ESPN’s lack of diversity.

Sharon Osbourne’s comments on The Talk

This is not the first time this year that a Black woman had to face racism at the workplace from a white co-worker. Comedian Sheryl Underwood co-hosted CBS talk show “The Talk” along with Sharon Osbourne.

Per Deadline, when Osbourne supported friend Piers Morgan after he made disparaging remarks about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after her interview with Oprah Winfrey, it caused some friction on the set. 

It was her support of Morgan and how she treated Underwood that upset viewers. Osbourne not only came off as rude and unprofessional but some would say racist.

Just like Nichols, Osbourne tried to apologize. and just like Taylor, Underwood had to stay calm and basically keep her mouth shut.

CBS  suspended the show for a few weeks, did an investigation, and found this was not the first time Osbourne has done this to co-workers.

After the fallout, Osbourne left the show.

What will be the fallout from the Nichols and Taylor story

ESPN has yet to say what will happen to Nichols. As of now, she is not working the sidelines for the NBA Finals. But she is still working and so is Taylor.

Although Taylor hasn’t had a lot to say, there have been plenty of others who have come to her defense, including former ESPN commentator Jemele Hill and, former NBA player Kwame Brown. Even ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose’s daughter Mariah added her two cents as well. 

But the question is now whether Nichols will finally face some type of punishment for what she said other than being suspended from the sidelines for the NBA playoffs.

A harsher punishment might be the only way for ESPN to save face and to prove it doesn’t take this type of incident lightly.

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