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In a messy weekend at ESPN in which a video surfaced of “The Jump” host Rachel Nichols making disparaging comments about Maria Taylor, suggesting she got preferential treatment due to “diversity,” the New York Times reported in the same story that the network’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski had called Nichols a “bad teammate.”
Now, some of that heat is being passed over to Woj. Ex-ESPNer Amin Elhassan appeared on an episode of “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” and ripped Wojnarowski over his own alleged questionable history (the comments begin around the 41-minute mark.)
“Are you f–king s–tting me? This guy is going to call someone a bad teammate? For real? For real?” Elhassan asked Le Batard, who is also a former ESPN employee and had somewhat of a public falling out of his own.
“Do we want to talk about the black careers that he put a foot on because he was threatened by? Do we want to talk about that? Do you wanna talk about the newsbreakers — with an ’S’ — of diverse backgrounds, who have rapports with players that Adrian doesn’t have. That he saw as threatening because his sources are all front office people, and assistant coaches trying to move up, and maybe a video coordinator who’s trying to get a better job somewhere else?
“But he can’t talk to LeBron, and he can’t talk to Chris Paul or Damian Lillard or some of these other guys. He doesn’t have that rapport with them. So what he does is he steps on them … He steps on a lot of people over there.”
Elhassan also claimed that Wojnarowski is notorious for putting his name on other people’s work. Jemele Hill, who was also a guest on the show and is a former ESPN employee as well, suggested that both Wojnarowski and Nichols have the reputation for being “ruthless.”
In the fallout from all the drama, Nichols has been taken off the sidelines for the NBA Finals, replaced by Malika Andrews. Her episode of “The Jump” on Tuesday was also cancelled.
Another former ESPN talking head, Michelle Beadle, appeared to have some fun at the network’s expense Tuesday, posting a laughing meme from “Goodfellas.”
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