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ESPN’S NBA sideline reporter/host Rachel Nichols went viral after a conversation she had with LeBron James publicist about her feelings about ESPN wanting to pair her up with rising star Maria Taylor.

Nichols spoke on how she wasn’t going to let ESPN’s diversity issues derail her job, while LBJ’s publicist Adam Mendelsohn basically high five’d her sediments then spoke of how he was exhausted by Black Lives Matter while offering her some advise on how flip the script on ESPN.

Rachel Nichols didn’t realize she was taping her conversation nor transmitting it outside the NBA a bubble when someone at ESPN bursted her bubble and leaked it…allegedly.

Inquiring minds were wondering how ESPN was going to handle the leak scandal, right before the NBA Finals no less.  However while we were waiting for ESPN to make their move Rachel Nichols apologized:

“So the first thing they teach you in journalism school is don’t be the story. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals,” “But I also don’t want to let this moment pass without saying how much I respect, how much I value our colleagues here at ESPN. How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team.”

ESPN announced today that Rachel Nichol’s is being benched from the NBA Finals.

Malika Andrews will join the team to provide sideline reports throughout the series. The quartet will call the action courtside from Phoenix and Milwaukee.

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Rachel Nichols Taken Off Sideline Duty For The 2021 NBA Finals After Audio Leak  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com