Rachel Nichols Secretly Recorded In Hotel Room (Video)
ESPN personality Rachel Nichols was secretly recorded in her hotel room by an unknown party. The recorded content was subsequently sent out to at least one online news brand in an attempt to discredit the host of ESPN’s The Jump.
Sports news blog Deadspin reported that they received the recorded content in question from someone attempting to “‘expose’ Nichols as a ‘back-stabber’ and a phony ally.”
It is unclear whether the recorded content actually backs that assertion up, however, as Deadspin is the only news media brand who seemingly received it.
ESPN quickly stepped up to the plate to defend Nichols.
“We are extremely disappointed about the leak of a private conversation,” the Worldwide Leader in Sports said.
“It’s indefensible and an intrusion on Rachel’s privacy. 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.”
Nichols has been arguably the most high-profile NBA-related personality at ESPN over the past year. If the recorded content in question was actually damning, it would reflect very poorly both on her and ESPN.
However, until the recorded footage actually comes to light, it is impossible to know what it truly contains.
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