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ESPN host Rachel Nichols has been ‘secretly admitted to her hotel room’ in a failed attempt to discredit her

ESPN presenter Rachel Nichols is ‘secretly admitted to her hotel room and discusses network matters’ in a failed attempt to discredit her as a ‘backstiller’

  • In a failed attempt to discredit Rachel Nichols, the longtime ESPN host was secretly taped about network staff in her Florida hotel room
  • Deadspin reports that an anonymous party sent the website four mobile phone recordings from a video feed in which Nichols, 46, can be heard during a phone call
  • Although Deadspin claims the sender tried to portray Nichols as a ‘backstiller’ or a ‘fake’, the website said the images did not discredit her in any way
  • Like many NBA reporters, Nichols is in the middle of a week-long quarantine at Disney in Orlando as the league seems to restart the season later this month
  • Nichols’ room is equipped with the live feed so she can do her show The Jump while remaining in quarantine. Deadspin believes the footage comes from that feed
  • Both Florida and Connecticut, where ESPN is based, are two-party consents, meaning that recording Nichols was illegal without her knowledge

In a failed attempt to discredit Rachel Nichols, the longtime ESPN host was secretly taped about network staff in her Florida hotel room awaiting the start of the NBA season in the bubble of the Disney World competition outside Orlando

In a failed attempt to discredit Rachel Nichols, the longtime ESPN host was secretly taped about network staff in her Florida hotel room awaiting the start of the NBA season in the bubble of the Disney World competition outside Orlando

In a failed attempt to discredit Rachel Nichols, the longtime ESPN host was secretly taped about network staff in her Florida hotel room pending the start of the NBA season in the bubble of Disney World competition.

Deadspin reports that an anonymous party has sent the website four cell phone recordings from a video feed in which Nichols, 46, can allegedly be heard about her own career, ESPN staff, and network coverage for the rest of the NBA’s shortened season.

Like many NBA reporters, Nichols is in the middle of a week-long quarantine as the league aims to protect players, coaches and staff in hopes of restarting the season with 22 teams at the end of the month. Nichols’ room is equipped with a live feed so she can broadcast her show, The Jump, while she remains in quarantine.

Deadspin believes the footage was captured by an ESPN employee from that live feed at a time when Nichols didn’t know she was shot. Deadspin’s sources claimed that one network employee recorded the feed and distributed it to others in the company.

It’s not clear if that’s the same person who shared the footage with Deadspin.

The video doesn’t show the face of Nichols and, for privacy reasons, Deadspin chose not to detail the 30-minute conversation.

However, the website did reveal that the anonymous sender was trying to discredit Nichols by sharing images that would supposedly make her a “backstoker.”

That attempt appears to have failed. According to Deadspin, the footage did not show Nichols saying anything that would make her look like a ‘backstitcher’ or a ‘fake ally’.

Like many NBA reporters, Nichols is in the middle of a week-long quarantine as the league aims to protect players, coaches and staff in hopes of restarting the season with 22 teams at the end of the month. Nichols' room is equipped with a live feed so she can broadcast her show, The Jump, while she remains in quarantine

Like many NBA reporters, Nichols is in the middle of a week-long quarantine as the league aims to protect players, coaches and staff in hopes of restarting the season with 22 teams at the end of the month. Nichols' room is equipped with a live feed so she can broadcast her show, The Jump, while she remains in quarantine

Like many NBA reporters, Nichols is in the middle of a week-long quarantine as the league aims to protect players, coaches and staff in hopes of restarting the season with 22 teams at the end of the month. Nichols’ room is equipped with a live feed so she can broadcast her show, The Jump, while she remains in quarantine

Both Florida and Connecticut, where ESPN is headquartered, are two-party consents, meaning that recording Nichols was illegal without her knowledge.

“We are very disappointed with the leak of a private conversation. It is indefensible and an invasion of Rachel’s privacy, ‘ESPN said in a statement to Deadspin. “As for the content of the conversation, it does not reflect our decision-making on NBA personnel assignments, which is largely driven by the circumstances of the pandemic.”

News of the recording comes 12 years after another ESPN host, Erin Andrews, was secretly taped through her peephole undressing in her Milwaukee and Nashville hotel rooms. The video went viral before her stalker, Michael Barrett, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Nichols is one of ESPN’s biggest names in the past decade, beyond a two-year sabbatical at CNN, and has been voted one of The Hollywood reporter’s 10 most powerful voices in sports media.

She is married to Max Nichols, the son of film and stage director Mike Nichols.

Andrews' stalker Michael Barrett was sentenced to two years in prison for secretly recording the ESPN host

Andrews' stalker Michael Barrett was sentenced to two years in prison for secretly recording the ESPN host

News of the recording comes 12 years after another ESPN host, Erin Andrews, was secretly taped through her peephole undressing in her Milwaukee and Nashville hotel rooms. The video went viral before her stalker, Michael Barrett, was sentenced to two years in prison

News of the recording comes 12 years after another ESPN host, Erin Andrews, was secretly taped through her peephole undressing in her Milwaukee and Nashville hotel rooms. The video went viral before her stalker, Michael Barrett, was sentenced to two years in prison

The news of the recording comes after another ESPN host, Erin Andrews (right), was secretly taped through her peephole in her Milwaukee and Nashville hotel rooms in 2008. The video went viral before her stalker, Michael Barrett (left) , sentenced to prison

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