Twitter customers gave Malika Andrews high-fives for her protection of the NBA Finals Tuesday (July 20) as a sideline reporter.
For some, it was particularly satisfying to see Andrews’ superb job after ESPN eliminated veteran reporter Rachel Nichols from masking the basketball champions.
The sports activities community changed Nichols as a result of she was recorded making disparaging feedback in regards to the work of her Black colleague Maria Taylor.
Right here’s a clip from Andrews’ interview with Giannis Antetokounmpo of the world champions Milwaukee Bucks.
ESPN broadcaster Stan Verrett mentioned Andrews is “a star.” She requested the correct query to the ballplayers within the chaos of the publish recreation celebration.
ESPN colleague Adam Schefter mentioned it was “very spectacular” to look at Andrews interview the gamers.
The New York Instances obtained clips that confirmed Nichols speaking to LeBron James’ advisor Adam Mendelsohn whereas she was within the NBA bubble final July. She was reportedly unaware that the video digicam was recording whereas she was talking on the telephone.
“I want Maria Taylor all of the success on the planet — she covers soccer, she covers basketball,” Nichols mentioned in a single clip. “If it is advisable to give her extra issues to do as a result of you’re feeling stress about your crappy longtime file on range — which, by the best way, I do know personally from the feminine aspect of it — like, go for it. Simply discover it some other place. You aren’t going to search out it from me or taking my factor away.”
She added: “I simply need them to go some other place — it’s in my contract, by the best way; this job is in my contract in writing.”
Listed below are extra Twitter reactions.