In news first released by Deadspin, it appears that ESPN host Rachel Nichols was inappropriately recorded by cameras in her room.
Nichols, host of The Jump is currently quarantined in Orlando, for media coverage of the NBA’s resumption in the Disney World bubble. The 46-year-old was surreptitiously taped while having a private conversation about the network’s personnel matters. According to the report, while her face was not shown during the footage, she could be heard talking to an unidentified man about several topics at ESPN, including her career, other staffers and details of the network’s upcoming coverage of the NBA Finals as the league preps its restart at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Deadspin has the full details:
“The more disturbing story, however, is that the videos appear to be that of a video feed streaming out of Nichols’ hotel room in Orlando, Fla., where she is currently ensconced in the NBA bubble. 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. Rather than alerting Nichols that her video stream was still live or simply shutting the feed off on ESPN’s end, according to sources, an unidentified ESPN employee began to record the video feed on a phone, cut it up and disseminated it to others in the company. Deadspin is not certain whether anyone inside ESPN sent the recording of the videos to our reporter.”
It’s pretty despicable that someone from ESPN in all likelihood, is trying to expose Nichols. Seeing as the video was sent to Deadspin as well, it’s palpable that someone is trying to get her fired or punished.
In a statement, ESPN said it was “extremely disappointed” by the leak.
“It’s indefensible and an intrusion on Rachel’s privacy,” ESPN told Deadspin. “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.