"We respect and acknowledge there are a variety of feelings about what happened and the actions we took. The details of what took place last year are confidential, nuanced and complicated personnel matters."
Nichols served as the sideline reporter for this broadcast team during last year's Finals and this year's Western Conference Finals, as well as for most regular-season broadcasts they did this season (including their Christmas Day game).
On the first day of this year's playoffs, the NBA Countdown cast discussed not appearing on that show over restrictions on reporter interviews that were seen to promote Rachel Nichols, the latest fallout from Nichols' 2020 call where she offered criticisms of Maria Taylor.
An ESPN employee took cellphone recordings of a video feed from Rachel Nichols' hotel room that was running without her knowledge while she was on the phone. Someone then leaked some of those recordings.