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Ja Morant, Taylor Rooks, others react to Maria Taylor-Rachel Nichols bombshell report

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The NBA Finals may still be days away, but there was no break in the action amid a bombshell report dropping on longtime ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols throwing slander at co-worker Maria Taylor from back in 2020.

In the tell-all report from the New York Times, Rachel Nichols was caught on a hot mic venting out her frustrations on a personal phone call about how Taylor got a chance to report on the NBA Finals instead of her. Nichols had claimed that ESPN did this merely because of pressure to be racially diverse.

This has sparked a handful of reactions, including a few notable NBA names in Ja Morant, Jamal Crawford, and Kevin Porter Jr.

But beyond the NBA stars reacting to the Maria Taylor-Rachel Nichols drama, Taylor also got a ton of well-wishes from her journalist peers and others in the sports industry, including notable names like Taylor Rooks and Emmanuel Acho.

One interesting wrinkle about the latest report on Rachel Nichols speaking on Taylor was the fact that a rumor leaked just a few days prior to the Times piece. It was about the insanely high asking price Taylor was rumored to have demanded from ESPN to extend her contract. Her current deal is set to expire within the next couple of weeks.