ESPN host Maria Taylor is quitting the network after being embroiled in a “racial” scandal with co-worker Rachel Nichols.
But who is her first husband, Rodney Blackstock?
Who is Rodney Blackstock?
Maria Taylor is an analyst and host for ESPN and SEC Network.
According to The Netline, Maria and her first husband Rodney Blackstock called off their first engagement before reuniting after three years to get married.
They met in 2014, while at the Charlotte Hornets in North Carolina.
Maria told The Knot: “I remember seeing him and telling my friend, ‘If we keep coming to these games, I’m going to end up dating him’.”
Rodney, meanwhile, was also curious about her – asking his pal whether she “played for the WNBA in Charlotte”.
Maria added that Rodney thought that “maybe I was there to support one of the guys – I was a girlfriend of a player or something”.
Rodney asked her out “on a dare” and their first date was in a parking lot where they had some food.
He told her: “You’re not as tall as I am.”
Maria recalled: “We ended up talking in the parking lot until 5am.
“I’ve never had that feeling before, ever, where you just look at someone and you’re like, ‘That’s the one’.”
Celeb Pie writes that Rodney is from Greensboro in North Carolina, and is of “Brazilian ethnicity and speaks fluent Portuguese”.
The website claims he suffered a harsh childhood, living in various foster homes.
His mom reportedly died when he was 12 years old.
In 2020 he was the owner and an agent of The Auto Club Group in Buckhead, Georgia.
How long have Maria Taylor and Rodney Blackstock been married?
The couple wed in May 2019, at the oceanfront Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida, “because we actually had SEC coaches meetings there before”, Maria said.
But, they later called time on their marriage, according to several websites.
Distractify says: “They would later call it quits for reasons unknown to most of Maria’s fans and social media followers.”
In February 2021, the TV host shared wedding pics on Instagram.
But they featured a different man.
She captioned them, “I love our love story.”
But, various websites noted, Maria did not clarify who her new husband is.
And she hasn’t shared any other photos of or with the man “who appears to be her husband”, says Distractify.
The website assumes: “Her husband might prefer to keep his life as low-profile as possible.
“That isn’t always something he can do when married to a sports anchor, but Maria seems intent on honoring his privacy on social media.”
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