ESPN Taking Rachel Nichols Off Sidelines For NBA Finals

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ESPN will take Rachel Nichols off the sidelines for the NBA Finals and replace her with Malika Andrews in response to year-old audio that leaked on Sunday.

ESPN sent the following statement to OutKick:

“We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals. Rachel will continue to host The Jump.”

Think about this: the pathetic leaker didn’t just hold and release the audio to assist in Maria Taylor’s unreasonable demands, but that person has also damaged Rachel Nichols’ career.

At ESPN, race-baiting leakers are more powerful than Jimmy Pitaro, who has officially lost his locker room.

ESPN has also canceled Nichols’ daily tv show, The Jump, for July 6, 2021.

*Check back to OutKick for updates.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest media topics as well as trending sports, cultural and political stories.

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  1. ROFL!!!! She gets on to make a a conciliatory statement after the tape comes out and she STILL gets shibagged!!! Fucking Wokeism is a self devouring monster where the victims continue to ask to be shit out and then eaten alive again!!

  2. I don’t watch the NBA, never was a basketball fan, never will be, and I’m so thankful now!
    I imagine Rachel Nichols will have no future covering the NBA after this, most of the players
    will refuse to talk to her, or cooperate in any fashion, insisting that they’ll only cooperate with,
    and speak with a black ‘analyst’, naturally it’s all in the name of ‘equity’.

  3. Ordinarily I would be angry at this and while it may seem petty on my part, Rachel Nichols is as woke as they come. “Hoisted on her own petard” is sweet justice for the Rachel Nichols of the world.

  4. They needed to do this, and probably a few more kicks while she’s down, to let Nichols’ Victim status recharge to its full power. Then they can officially welcome her back in an enhanced capacity next NBA season and look like they’re being magnanimous despite being the ones who dumped on her. ‘
    This is the equivalent of an unofficial suspension. They dared not do an official one, which would have unleashed the lawyers.

  5. How long before Rachel Nichols realizes that those tErRiBlE Trump voting constituents aren’t the problem.

    There is nothing the black employees at ESPN want to see more than Nichols lose her job. But go ahead Rachel, raise that fist in ‘solidarity’ and keep chanting those BLM empty calorie slogans

  6. Well, in the next round of Disney forced layoffs the salary they save on Nichols can now go to Taylor. The question is going to be is there really anywhere for Nichols to land or does she fade off the face of the earth like Beadle and Nolan?

  7. Lol. ESPN (ABC) would’ve been brilliant to KEEP Nicols on sideline bc that would’ve drastically improved ratings only from a controversy standpoint. “Milwaukee vs Phoenix” just won’t cut it lol. Silver is getting EXACTLY what he deserves from this “Finals” ha

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