Saturday, July 10, 2021

TKJ's thoughts: HYPE network we have a problem, Taylor and Nichols bring the drama

So I'm going to give my thoughts on the recent ESPN (or the HYPE Network as I like to call them) fight between Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor.

I have actually been around both of them before as a reporter, and I'll be honest I have no love for either of them. 

As I'm sure everyone is aware, Nichols was replaced as the per-game NBA Finals host last year by Taylor. Nichols was upset and without knowing the video camera was still on in her hotel room made a phone call to LeBron James' political adviser Adam Mendelsohn. She said basically that ESPN only gave Taylor the job because she's Black and they have done a terrible job at diversity, especially on the women's side. Nichols said she has no problem with Taylor getting more things but she couldn't have Nichols' things.

One question I have is how was the video camera still on, did she leave it on or did someone else for ESPN leave it on - on purpose? Couldn't be the pathetic HYPE Network at it's finest could it? Still makes no sense to me. Either Rachel Nichols is as dumb as a box of rocks or the HYPE Network is one really dirty organization. It wouldn't surprise me if No. 2 was the case. In which case Nichols could sue them bigtime.

This videotape stayed out of the public eye for almost a year. Then magically everyone finds out about it after it's released to the New York Post. The real magic is that it happened just as Taylor's contract, where she reportedly has already turned down a $5 million dollar offer, is about to expire.

So what are my thoughts: First if a Black person deserves a job over a white person they should get it. If a white person deserves a job over a Black person they should get it. The color of someone's skin should never be the reason someone gets a job, but I know that's not how things work. One of the many, many issues we have in this country and this world.

I don't know what will happen, but I think the HYPE network should let Taylor go. After all, she's 34 and I'm sure there's someone younger out there they could hire. If she's not willing to work for $5 million dollars then she could move on to somewhere else. 

As far as I'm concerned they can get rid of Nichols as well. Nobody tunes in to the HYPE network to see Nichols or Taylor. They shouldn't be tuning in for any of them to be honest. The HYPE network has more useless shows with more useless people than any network on TV.

I don't want to see anyone talking about sports. I want to watch sports. Maybe someday these networks will figure it out. I know sports, as do most sports fans, we don't need people telling us what we already know or telling us anything really. Just show us the damn games!

I watch none of the useless shows and I'm doing just fine in life. Think all of the money that the HYPE network could save if they just aired games, instead of hiring so many useless people to sit around and talk about sports. You would think big shot business people would be smart enough to figure it out.

But back to the drama! I think they will rehire Taylor and get rid of Nichols, although they could just move her to another sport. She could bring a big lawsuit against them.

It will be interesting to see where this goes, I guess. It's certainly more interesting than hearing any of these people, especially Screaming A Smith, rambling on for hours about absolutely nothing.

Maybe they should give Nichols and Taylor their own talk show together where they can go at it about sports. Now that could be a show worth watching - maybe.

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