Maria Taylor Suggests ESPN Drama Qualifies As ‘Dark Times’

ESPN’s Maria Taylor has been mostly silent on the drama involving coworker Rachel Nichols. But finally, Taylor has seemingly broken that silence.

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

Taylor was the subject of what Nichols assumed was a private conversation, which took place about a year ago — and just came to light earlier this week. Nichols has been accused of demeaning Taylor as she demanded that she keep her own job.

Her private conversation was then circulated by an ESPN employee and wound up in the hands of the New York Times — just in time for contract talks between Taylor and ESPN. That’s probably all related.

“Maria Taylor’s contract is up in a couple of weeks,” OutKick’s Clay Travis said recently. “If you want to know how a story like this actually ends up occurring, it is because Maria Taylor decided to have her people leak this story. She’s the only one who benefits, she’s the only one not quoted directly in the story. She is trying to extort ESPN into paying her a massive salary increase, which she does not otherwise deserve.”

ESPN eventually removed Nichols from her job as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals, an obvious effort at way-after-the-fact damage control.

“We believe this is the best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,” ESPN said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Taylor continues to serve as host of “NBA Countdown,” the ABC/ESPN pre- and postgame show. Her tweet was the first time she hinted at the Nichols controversy.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. These aren’t “dark times” at ESPN. This is the clown show at ESPN. Maria Taylor painting herself as a martyr is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time. She should be a stand up comedian with her martyr talk. She’s another media person who is full of herself.

    Maria, I hate to tell you but you, Rachel Nichols, and everyone else at ESPN are a complete joke.

    • Someone compared the role of sideline reporter, whether it’s Erin Andrews or Maria Taylor to that of a model at the auto show. It’s 90% eye candy. Taylor’s not Rosa Parks, she got into cat fight with another female ESPN employee. Nothing more.

      • That’s right. My dad unfortunately is a die hard DNC member, but even he will ask all the time when we are watching a ball game together, what is the point other than eye candy for the sideline reporter when said reporter is an attractive woman? Also agreed, Taylor’s attempts at playing the victim are nauseating. Keep pushing the same lame ass narrative of poor little black woman being bullied by the mean mean white people. Gasp!

      • “model at an auto show” … OR “weather girl”.

        ESPM could save themselves $8,000,000 by simply paying a cheerleader $20 to ask “the coach” – “What are you gonna tell your team at halftime, coach?”

  2. “During the dark times I always remember that I am in this position to open doors and light the path that others walk down. Now give me my $7,000,000.00 contract that I have asked for ESPN.”

    With love, Maria

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