It seems like forever since we’ve seen Rachel Nichols, but she surfaced in the most unlikliest place.
NBA Twitter has been going nuts after photos surfaced showing the former ESPN reporter at a club with Joel Embiid and James Harden.
Earlier this year, Nichols and ESPN reached a settlement to officially end her deal after private comments she made about diversity and Maria Taylor at the network were made public last year. Nichols had one year left on her contract.
Nichols was recorded on a private call, and could be heard saying that she felt as if Taylor was being promoted only because of ESPN’s poor diversity record.
“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said in the leaked audio. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”
Nichols was free to pursue other opportunities but she basically disappeared up until these photos were released.
She was reportedly making between $1.5 million to $2 million per year.