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Following Maria Taylor’s Departure, Veteran Journalist LZ Granderson Announces Exodus From ESPN After 17 Years

Maria Taylor’s recent exodus from ESPN has drawn attention to a disturbing pattern of exceptional Black talent departing from the network on questionable terms. In recent years, we’ve seen familiar names like Amin Elhassan, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Jemele Hill and others exit the network in favor of more supportive work environments.

“There’s not been one Black person—that’s been on air and that I can think of right now—that’s not gone through hell at ESPN,” said former SportsCenter host Mike Hill, who spent nine years at the network.

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And as the dominoes continue to fall, veteran journalist LZ Granderson took to Instagram to announce his own departure from “the worldwide leader in sports” after 17 years of duty. In doing so, he offered an honest assessment of his lengthy tenure: “ESPN is not the same company it was when I started and I’m not the same man.”

“I

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40-year-old Heat veteran played for the 1st time all season, started a fight, and delighted teammates by getting ejected in 3 minutes

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Udonis Haslem yells at Dwight Howard. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

  • 40-year-old Heat veteran Udonis Haslem made his season debut on Thursday.

  • Haslem was ejected in three minutes after starting a confrontation with Dwight Howard.

  • Haslem called it “fun,” players laughed, and the coach called it his favorite moment of the season.

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Miami Heat big man Udonis Haslem made his mark on his only game of the season.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old veteran, who has spent all 19 of his NBA seasons with the Heat, checked into a game for the first time all season.

He was ejected three minutes later.

Early in the second quarter, Haslem and Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard got tangled on a rebound, and Howard knocked Haslem to the floor.

Two possessions later, during a dead-ball, Haslem walked up to Howard, and the two exchanged words. Haslem put his fingers

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