ESPN has been rocked by a report from the New York Times over diversity comments made by The Jump host Rachel Nichols about colleague Maria Taylor.
Rachel Nichols embroiled in ESPN controversy
ESPN is in turmoil right now after a leaked phone conversation emerged between Adam Mendelsohn, an advisor and spokesman for LeBron James, and ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
The conversation took place on 13 July 2020 and features Nichols discussing her career trajectory. The conversation includes comments about Maria Taylor landing the job to host the 2020 NBA finals coverage.
Nichols told the New York Times she has tried to contact Taylor through phone calls and text messages to offer an apology.
“Maria has chosen not to respond to these offers, which is completely fair and a decision I respect,” Nichols said.
Who is Nichols’ husband?
Rachel Nichols is married to Max Nichols. The couple met as teenagers at a summer camp in Maine.
The couple have been married for 20 years, tying the knot on 25 May 2001.
However, the couple had a decade of no contact after first meeting. Nevertheless they reconnected and, although the couple keep themselves to themselves, it is known they have two children together.
More on Max Nichols
Max Nichols is an LA-based director and producer who started his career working at indie record company Tommy Boy Music.
His father is legendary film and theatre director Mike Nichols, who worked on films such as all-time classic The Graduate.
Mike Nichols died in 2014 aged 83.
Max is known for Two Night Stand (2014) and TV series Day 5 (2016-).