It's been a rough week for ESPN's analyst and sideline reporter Maria Taylor. Women are more visible in sports now than ever but that doesn't stop people from trying to shade their work the first time they have a chance. Taylor drew a lot of attention around the league after the NBA revealed the media ballots for every award of the season. Fans were quick to notice that Taylor didn't include Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis in any of her All-NBA teams.
To put things in perspective, her 1st team was Giannis, Kawhi, Jokic, Lebron, Harden. 2nd team was Tatum, Simmons, Embiid, Luka, Lillard. 3rd team was Middleton, Siakam, Bam, Butler, Paul Ben Simmons was 2nd team as a forward while LeBron was 1st team as a guard, according to Taylor.
Of course, that was curious for a lot of people and some didn't take this 'news' as lightly as others. Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb didn't hold anything back and attacked Taylor, asking why she had the right to vote in the first place.
Taylor wasn't having any of that and she replied explaining it was a mistake and that didn't mean the league has to take her voting rights away.
Utah Jazz's superstar Donovan Mitchell also came in Taylor's defense, firing back at Gottlieb's remarks.
Some fans weren't happy, either, as they explained these mistakes, regardless of how tiny they are, affect players' career and how history will remember them.
Earlier this week, Taylor was compared to an “AVN” (Adult Video News) award show host due to her outfit while she was working as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”. A Chicago radio host didn't have anything better to say, saying a very questionable comment about the 33-year-old.
Just like she did with Gottlieb, she had a classy response for Dan McNeil, who lost his job after these remarks.
Even though women are more present in sports nowadays, they still have to battle with these comments. It's not like Taylor changed the whole result of the voting and AD doesn't seem to be so bothered about him. Yet, other people feel like it was a personal attack.