By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail. ESPN has pulled Rachel Nichols off of her sideline reporting gig for the NBA Finals ahead of tonight's series opener after the revelation of a bombshell video in which she suggested African-American colleague Maria Taylor was given a particular studio assignment to promote diversity. Nichols will continue to host her show, The Jump, but will be replaced by Malika Andrews on the sidelines. ESPN executives last year picked Taylor seen above in August to host its NBA Countdown pre- and post-game studio show for the duration of the playoffs and the finals.
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Rachel is married to Max Nichols since May , in a Jewish wedding ceremony which took place in Venice. The couple first met at a school summer camp in the state of Marine but they later lost touch. They later reunited in and began dating. She is also a contributor to SportsCenter.
It happened again: a female on-air talent for ESPN was secretly recorded in her hotel room. TMZ reports four minutes of footage was sent to Deadspin. Nichols is clearly unaware the video feed set up in her room for remote filming of her show is running while she discusses internal ESPN matters. As for the substance of the conversation, it is not reflective of our decision-making on staffing assignments for the NBA, which has largely been driven by the circumstances of the pandemic. It happened to Erin Andrews in , when a stalker shot video of her naked through the peephole on her hotel room the door. Barrett also pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Prosecutors accused him of following Andrews to at least three cities to shoot peephole videos. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The video camera she had in her room was actually turned on, and because it was recorded on to an ESPN server back in Bristol, what she said to LeBron James adviser Adam Mendelsohn on a call was captured. 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.