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ESPN pulls Rachel Nichols off NBA Finals sideline after bombshell video

ESPN pulls Rachel Nichols off NBA Finals sideline after bombshell video

ESPN has removed Rachel Nichols from the sidelines for the NBA Finals, the network announced on Tuesday.

The move was made in the wake of a New York Times report about demeaning comments that Nichols made around a year ago about network host Maria Taylor during a private conversation. Nichols did not realize that the video was being recorded. The video was then disseminated by an ESPN employee.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols, left, and Maria Taylor
ESPN pulled Rachel Nichols from the sidelines for the NBA Finals amid a controversy that involved Maria Taylor.
NBAE via Getty Images; ESPN Imag

In her place, the network will have Malika Andrews on the sidelines for the Finals. Nichols will continue to host “The Jump.”

“We believe this is the best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,” ESPN said in a statement.

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