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Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after failing to reach a salary agreement with the sports network before her contract expired.

Taylor, who had been with ESPN since 2014, taped her last segment with ESPN's "NBA Countdown" on Tuesday night. Her contract expired on Tuesday.

Taylor and ESPN discussed contract negotiations for a year before she departed. The network originally offered her $5 million before the Covid pandemic shut down the country in 2020.

Last month ESPN offered Taylor $3 million - three times her salary at the time.

Taylor was virtually unknown until Rachel Nichols catapulted her into the national spotlight.

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The New York Times published an article detailing a secretly recorded phone call made by colleague Rachel Nichols griping about Taylor's diversity promotion.

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Nichols, who is white, was upset at losing the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig to Taylor because she was Black.

Nichols said:

"I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball. If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away."

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Sha'Carri Richardson was offered a lucrative sponsorship contract following her suspension after she tested positive for marijuana last month.

The track & field star was banned from competing in the Tokyo Olympics later this month.

However, she was offered a lucrative contract with a vape company.

Vape company Dr. Dabber reportedly offered Richardson $250,000 to be a celebrity spokesperson for the company.

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In a letter obtained by theJasmineBrand, Dr. Dabber wrote:

"Dear Ms. Richardson,

We were saddened to learn of your recent suspension from the US Track and Field team, due to THC and missing the opportunity to compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic games. At Dr. Dabber, we believe that THC can actually have many positive effects on an athlete’s recovery and overall mental wellbeing."

The letter continued:

"Witnessing what you’re capable of in the Olympic trials, and how fabulous you looked while doing it, proved your star-power and ability to command the country’s attention. Considering your talent and grace over these past weeks, we would love to offer you the opportunity to work with our team as a spokesperson for Dr. Dabber."

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The company dropped troubled Disney actor Kyle Massey amid allegations that he sent explicit material to a 13-year-old girl.

He denied the allegations but a judge issued an arrest warrant when he failed to show up for a court hearing this week.

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Maria Taylor may get the last laugh amid the Rachel Nichols racial diversity scandal.

In 2020, Nichols accused her bosses of giving Maria Taylor the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig because of the color of her skin and ESPNS's "crappy" history of "diversity."

Nichols made the comments during a phone call in the privacy of her hotel room at the NBA Bubble in Orlando last year.

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In the recording Nichols is heard saying, "Hey, instead of hosting the NBA Finals, like why don't you do Doris' [Burke] sideline reporter job for the NBA Finals? 'Cause guess what that would clear the way for? For Maria to do the hosting full time. So, I have declined."

However, the call was secretly recorded and leaked to the NY Times which published an explosive article about the audio clip on July 3.

Nichols, who is white, apologized to Taylor via email and text but Taylor, who is Black, didn't respond.

Nichols struggled to maintain her composure as she apologized profusely during an episode of "The Jump" on ESPN.

But Nichols was told she would not be at courtside when the Phoenix Suns took on the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals. The sideline gig went to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews who checks all of the diversity boxes.

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Now comes word that Taylor has been offered $3 million to stay on as ESPN anchor after her contract expires in two weeks.

According to reports, Taylor has only days to accept the $3 million offer -- which is three times her current salary.

If Taylor declines the raise, Amazon and NBC Sports have expressed an interest in hiring her.

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A Burger King signage went viral after a group of disgruntled Burger King employees walked off the job at the same time at a Lincoln, Nebraska location.

The former employees walked off the job and left a message on the Burger King sign announcing: "WE ALL QUIT. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE."

According to the former employees, they were upset over poor work conditions, low pay and long hours. They chose to collect unemployment which pays more than the minimum wage in Nebraska.

"They have gone through so many district managers since I've been GM," said former general manager Rachel Flores who was among the disgruntled workers that resigned. "No one has come to the store to help me out. They're so in and out."

Flores told reporters the sign was something they all came up with to inform customers that the restaurant was closed and "just kind of a laugh to upper management."

Burger King corporate office issued a statement to CNN:

"The work experience described at this location is not in Lin with our brand values. Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn't happen in the future."

Flores said she was surprised the sign went viral on social media.

"I didn't think anybody was going to notice it, because we did just one sign, and then it went pretty crazy on Facebook," she said. "I got a call from my upper management and they told me I needed to take it down."

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Kanye West is suing retail giant Walmart for allegedly selling a similar version of his Yeezy Foam shoe design.

The mega music producer is fuming after discovering Walmart is selling a similar version of his $75 Yeezy Foam Runner footwear online for just $25 a pair.

Below is an image of Kanye's sold out Yeezy Foam Runner.

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In court papers obtained by TMZ, Kanye argues Walmart intentionally made an "unauthorized exact copy" of his foam footwear to profit off its popularity after his original design sold out in June, 2020.

Below is an image of Walmart's foam runner that looks similar to Kanye's best-selling Yeezy Foam footwear.

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Kanye claims the bootleg version could cost him hundreds of millions of dollars in potential sales, and he wants all of the profits from the sales of Walmart's foam shoes.

However, a spokesperson for the retailer insists they are not directly responsible for the creation of the alleged knock-offs.

"The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint."

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Soccer fans were surprised when Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed Coca-Cola during his press conference on Monday.

The superstar, who plays for Portugal, removed two bottles of Coca-Cola from the table then declared everyone should water.

His rant caused shares of Coca-Cola stocks to plunge $4 billion in value on Tuesday.

Last year, the champion soccer star revealed his disapproval of his 10-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., consuming the sugary soft drink and eating potato chips.

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"We'll see if my son will become a great footballer. Sometimes he drinks coke and eats crisps and it irritates me, he knows that."

Ronaldo, 35, has four children, including twins Eva and Mateo and daughter Alana Martina.

Fans were surprised because Ronaldo has promoted Coca-Cola and its products over the years.

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Twitter users posted old promotional ads that show Ronaldo holding a can of Diet Coke, as well adverts for KFC and McDonald's in recent years.

But not everyone was critical of Ronaldo's contradictions.

Boxer Josh Warrington tweeted: "We've all contradicted ourselves before haven't we...?"
 

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Walmart claims an "external bad actor" sent offensive emails from its servers to multiple Walmart customers.

The person used knowledge of Walmart's IT system to create new accounts using other people's email addresses.

The person replaced the first and last name with the racial slurs "Ni**er" and "Coon."

One UK woman complained to @Walmart's official Twitter account about receiving one of the emails.

"Woke up this morning to this email in my inbox.

Somebody set up a #Walmart account using my email address with the first and last name N****r C**n.

Surely Walmart should have something that flags such words?"

See an example of the offensive email here.

In response to the breach, a Walmart spokesperson said its internal system was not hacked.

"We discovered that an external bad actor created false Walmart accounts with obvious intent to offend our customers. We were shocked and appalled to see these offensive and unacceptable emails."

The company assured that no more offensive emails will be sent from its servers, CBS reports.

Earlier tis year, Walmart pledged to donate $14 million to various charities as part of a commitment to ending racial inequality.

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Chrissy Teigen has lost another retail sponsor amid reports that she bullied Courtney Stodden and others online.

Bloomingdales pulled out of a deal with Teigen after she was accused of telling the then-16-year-old model to kill herself in private Twitter messages.

An insider explained why the luxury department store chain Bloomingdales dropped out of signing a contract with Chrissy.

"They pretty much had it together... but had to cancel it," the source told Page Six.

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26-year-old Courtney said Chrissy sent hateful messages on social media, both publicly and privately, when the model and Internet personality shot to fame in 2011 after marrying The Green Mile star Doug Hutchison.

"(Chrissy) wouldn't just publicly tweet about wanting me to take 'a dirt nap' but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself," Stodden said. "Things like, 'I can't wait for you to die'."

Chrissy did not deny the claims and instead apologized profusely, saying she feels "lucky" to be "held accountable" for her past trolling behavior.

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"I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be," she said. "I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that... is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel... These were not my only mistakes and surely won’t be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!"

Target, Walmart and Macy's have also dropped the scandal-plagued former model's cookware line.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says the state will end federal unemployment payments of $300 a week beginning in June.

Kemp said the $300 weekly federal subsidies discourage the jobless from finding gainful employment. He added that the payments are "hurting our productivity not only in Georgia, but around the country."

Congress approved the extra payments in a $2 trillion stimulus package in early 2020. The federal subsidies will end in mid-to-late Jun. Federal law allows states to opt out of the program as early as June 12.

Kemp made his decision after hearing from small business owners seeking an end to the payments.

The organizations said the extra $300 weekly -- added to state benefits of up to $365 a week -- discouraged people from seeking employment.

People who should be working jobs to help stimulate the local economy are instead jetting off to exotic destinations and brawling in airports.

"This is an issue I'm getting pounded on every day by our small business owners and many Georgians," Kemp said, adding: "They need some help."

Meanwhile, employers such as McDonald's are forced to pay $50 for applicants to sit for an interview.

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Goldman Sachs has ordered 40,500 employees to report back to the office, after 200 million Americans received Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

The global investment bank headquartered in New York City, gave its employees a final notice to pack up their home offices and report back to work next month.

JPMorgan Chase Bank and other corporations are also planning to bring their thousands of workers back into the office as the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be over.

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JPMorgan Chase, which employs over 255,000 workers worldwide, announced it will bring 50% of workers back into the office later this month. JPMorgan expects to have its entire workforce report back at work by the end of July.

Vanguard Group, with about 17,300 employees, will also ask workers to return to the office.

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The investment bank is planning to tell staff that they should be prepared by mid-June to work from offices again, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The move follows a mandate last week from JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief Jamie Dimon, seeking to return his workforce in rotations from early July. Source

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