The drama involving ESPN’s Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols has prompted a ton of former employees to speak out about the situation. Former ESPN anchor Cari Champion had a strong take on the entire situation.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Champion made it clear that she completely empathizes with Maria Taylor here while accusing the Worldwide Leader In Sports of not understanding black employees and creating an environment where people are afraid to “speak their truth”. She said she hopes that someone with power makes the “proactive choice to change the culture” at ESPN.
“I’ve truly struggled with what I should say publicly about ESPN. I’m sure I’m not the only one but I’ve been approached by many outlets to discuss. I didn’t want to make any comments because I OVERSTAND the culture of a company that doesn’t understand black employees,” Champion tweeted.
“But it’s more than that- this is a sad tradition that gets ignored. People are afraid to speak their truth. It would be really nice if someone with power made a proactive choice to change the culture. Change the power. Change the culture. Stop ignoring the warning signs.”
Cari Champion joined ESPN in 2012, but left the company in 2020 and has since taken her talents to an independent platform to discuss a wide variety of topics, including social activism.