Well, here’s a flip of occasions.
After spending final summer season maligning Brees’ character, Maria Taylor is now taking pleasant pictures together with her new office-sharing work buddy:
NBC Sports’ NFL “rookie” teammates @MariaTaylor and @drewbrees on location in Atlanta.
The Falcons host the Browns at 8pm ET tonight on NBC. pic.twitter.com/9SZ7UAMyw9
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) August 29, 2021
You could keep in mind that Drew Brees turned heel final summer season for the worst doable motive: he expressed help for the American flag and for American servicemen.
“I’ll always stand for the flag because of what it means to me and to honor all those who have sacrificed, who have served and died for our country, and all those who have struggled to move this country forward,” Brees stated.
In response, Taylor received mad. Very mad.
“Shame on you,” Taylor stated on First Take, in reference to Brees. “Would Drew Brees do that if there was no backlash? Did [his] coronary heart really change?
“You were not doing the right things before, and I really wonder why the apology is happening now,” Taylor goes on.
“I’m exhausted and I’m uninterested in having to take heed to somebody say one thing like that, after which having to take a seat again, ‘Well, maybe he didn’t. Maybe it’s not in his coronary heart.’ When you reveal your self to me and also you say one thing like that and say it out of an illiberal thoughts and/or coronary heart or a non-empathetic coronary heart and for the final 5 years all we’ve seen is numerous deaths on the street.
“My patience left my body when I watched George Floyd take his last breath.”
So considered one of two issues are true:
1) Maria Taylor is a forgiving one that doesn’t maintain a grudge and who all the time places the staff first. (Somewhere the now-canceled Rachel Nichols simply fainted.)
2) Taylor was by no means really mad at Brees. Instead, she simply received performatively mad for the model.
I’ll go along with No. 2.
See, when Brees expressed his patriotic fervor, Taylor noticed a possibility, one which she thought would triple her market worth. It nearly labored, by the best way.
Before Maria Taylor requested for $8 million a 12 months throughout contract negotiations, she was considered one of ESPN’s most promising broadcasters. Had she not changed into a barely much less indignant model of Keith Olbermann, she might have ultimately succeeded Stephen A. Smith because the face of ESPN.
However, that each one modified final summer season.
While ESPN had grow to be extra racialized for years, racial tensions reached a peak after George Floyd’s loss of life. Last 12 months, ESPN skills gained leverage by making headlines involving racial issues. Taylor and her then-colleagues seized this second and used Brees as a launching level. By pretending Brees’ patriotic feedback had been offensive, they capitalized on ESPN’s cowardice. They knew that the community would by no means push again. You might name that fraud or enterprise. Honestly, the 2 phrases typically imply the identical.
Though Brees additionally seems to be like a coward by chumming up with Taylor as if nothing occurred, there’s not a lot he can do. If Brees crosses Taylor, it’s over. In comes Taylor’s military on the New York Times. An military like that doesn’t cease after a victory. The collapse of Rachel Nichols was solely a tease. Someone is subsequent. Brees is making an attempt to ensure it isn’t him.
Anyway, I want the brand new rookie NBC Sports duo the perfect. As lengthy as Brees agrees to play Robin to Taylor’s Batman, this mix might work, a minimum of for a 12 months or two.