ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski found himself embroiled in a minor controversy this week when news of Rachel Nichols’ comments about Maria Taylor leaked out.
Wojnarowski reportedly referred to Nichols as a “bad teammate” over her unwillingness to sacrifice responsibilities promised to her in her contract to Taylor, which naturally earned some critique from various parts of the media world.
This past week Amin Elhassan appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz and, after hearing what Wojnarowksi said about Nichols, made some very serious accusations against him.
“Are you f***ing s****ing me?” Elhassan said.
“This guy’s gonna call someone a bad teammate? For real? For real?”
In Elhassan’s estimation, Wojnarowski has made a habit of holding back black reporters.
“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?” Elhassan asked.
“Do you wanna talk about the newsbreakers (with an -s!) of diverse background — 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 … Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, because he doesn’t have the rapport with them. So what he does is he steps on them. He steps on a lot of people over there.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 14, 2021
The Nichols-Taylor feud got so big and bad that even NBA superstars weighed in on it. Given the sheer magnitude of it and the spin-off scandals that arose from it, it’s safe to assume we’ll be hearing about it for weeks to come.
As for Wojnarowski, he has yet to respond to Elhassan’s commentary. Will he do so at some point? Time will tell.