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ESPN’s Maria Taylor is feeling the love after an eventful few days.

On Tuesday, the sports reporter received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her colleagues during ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”, hours after she shut down Chicago radio host Dan McNeil for tweeting a crude comment about her “Monday Night Football” ensemble.

“The people who fuel me,” Taylor began on Instagram. “Are the people who support me. The only people who can effect me are the people who love me. I’m SO thankful for my NBA Countdown family. Once again you’ve lifted me up over a hurdle. And made me feel like a Queen. Let’s go crush the Finals.”

During Monday night’s broadcast of the New York Giants’ home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, McNeil tweeted a screenshot of Taylor at MetLife Stadium, writing: “NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN (Adult Video News) annual awards presentation?” The tweet was deleted about a half-hour later.

Entercom confirmed Tuesday that McNeil had been fired from his post at The Score.

“For each one of us our words have power,” Rachel Williamson, regional president for Entercom, told Deadspin in a statement.

“For our brands and on-air personalities that is amplified and brings increased responsibility how we choose to use our voices. (Monday) night’s tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable.

“We have the best teams in Chicago, and we must continue to hold ourselves to high expectations to continue to be leaders in our organization, our industry and our community. We apologize to all who were offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”

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(Reuters) - Players and officials who run Brazil's beach volleyball criticized an athlete on Monday after she hit the headlines for shouting a political slogan at the first post-lockdown tournament.

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Carol Solberg took bronze in the Saquarema tournament near Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, alongside her partner Talita. In her post-match interview, Solberg shouted "Bolsonaro, out!" - a slogan often used by opponents of Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

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The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) criticized her protest soon after and said it would "take all the appropriate measures so that instances like this one that denigrate the sport do not happen again."

On Monday, the National Athletes Commission, a player organization led by three-times world champion Emanuel Rego, said "it was not in favor of any type of political show of support in sporting competitions."

The statements, both posted on the CBV's website, come as a debate rages in athletic circles over competitors' right to express themselves on political and social issues.

Basketball players in the United States have taken a firm stance in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, while American footballers have also been active in recent years.

The International Olympic Committee has warned athletes they must obey Article 50 of the Olympic charter that states, 'No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.'

Bolsonaro is a divisive figure in Brazil, where more than 136,000 people have died after contracting COVID-19.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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