On Wednesday, it was reported that ESPN was basically terminating its relationship with a long time employee Rachel Nichols when they pulled her from its NBA coverage and canceling her show “The Jump.” The decision follows backlash over leaked comments she made about her former colleague Maria Taylor.
“We mutually agreed that this approach regarding our NBA coverage was best for all concerned. Rachel is an excellent reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content,” said David Roberts, ESPN’s senior vice president of production.
Nichols commented on the decision Wednesday. “Got to create a whole show and spend five years hanging out with some of my favorite people talking about one my favorite things,” she wrote on Instagram. “The Jump was never built to last forever but it sure was fun.”
Sports commentator Clay Travis said Nichols is on record of being extremely woke at the Worldwide Leader in Sports and she still got canceled.
“The woke police finding another victim,” commented OutKick’s Clay Travis, reflecting on the tragic path that fooled Nichols into wokeism and out of a job. “Cancel culture has come for ESPN’s own red-haired NBA star, Rachel Nichols. She is no more, she will cease to exist on ESPN.”
“In fact, she lectured America on how brave the NBA was when they pulled their All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina over a bathroom bill that was alleged to target transgender individuals even while the NBA continued to play basketball all around the world in countries such as China which have repressive human rights regimes. That hypocrisy was never addressed, it was never analyzed. And this is where people who embrace wokeism ultimately go. You are at some point in time going to be cancelled if you are not woke enough and you work in sports. You have two options — say nothing or get fired.”
Clay adds, “ESPN is covering a tiny subset of the sports audience that believes in woke sports.”
“Even as the NBA’s overall ratings collapsed, Rachel Nichols made the decision to defend the NBA and all of the woke idiocy that that league embraced. In fact, she lectured America on how great the NBA was when they pulled their All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina over a bathroom bill that was alleged to target transgender individuals. Even while the NBA continued to play basketball all around the world in countries such as China, which have a repressive human rights regime. …
“The lesson is clear: you’re either woke or you’re fired. You better keep your mouth shut unless you agree with far left-wing politics infiltrating sports.”