ESPN's Maria Taylor speaks publicly for first time after incident with Nick Saban
ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor has been in the news this week after an incident with Nick Saban last Saturday in which the Alabama coach went off on Taylor after she asked him about the team’s quarterbacks following the Crimson Tide’s season-opening win over Louisville.
Taylor hadn’t discussed the incident since it occurred, until she appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday.
“I’ve been yelled at by coaches since I was 12 years old playing AAU basketball. You know what I mean? I’ve been called everything under the sun, and by any coach you can imagine,” Taylor told Finebaum. “So it didn’t really affect me in that way. I understand that at times coaches get heated and there are things they don’t really want to talk about. As a sideline reporter, you’re in the line of fire, and I just got lit up once. And that’s fine. And I received a call from Saban even before I got to the highway leaving the stadium. That’s how passionate he was about getting the apology out. It wasn’t after he heard a backlash about it or negative talk, it was how he felt immediately in that moment. And I’m so thankful, and I respect him for making that call.
“It’s all good. I’m going to see him again. We’re going to be fine. Things happen, and I know that we both put it behind us, and hopefully everyone else can as well. I know how great Alabama is. I know how great Coach Nick Saban is, and I enjoy being around his program. I will continue to enjoy being around his program.”
Saban was clearly tired of talking about his team’s quarterbacks as he had been asked countless times before the season started whether he would start junior Jalen Hurts or sophomore Tua Tagovailoa.
Taylor won’t see Saban this weekend as she is with the ESPN crew in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M-Clemson matchup on Saturday.
For Finebaum’s full interview with Taylor, listen below:
Great to have @MariaTaylor7 on the show today from College Station!
She previewed the big game & also spoke for the first time about Saturday night's postgame interview with Nick Saban.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 6, 2018