A young Rachel Nichols once wrote paper defending Dennis Rodman’s mid-season drug-fueled Vegas rampage
If you think player empowerment is new, you’ve not met ESPN’s The Jump host, Rachel Nichols. Rachel is often criticized for being too pro-player and a recently discovered childhood school paper will likely add fuel to those flames.
As Dennis Rodman’s infamous mid-season ‘vacation’ away from the Bulls was happening, a young Rachel Nichols was right on brand: Defending the player.
In a school paper that was supposed to be about the power of recycling, Nichols instead chose to tell her teacher why the Chicago Bulls, the NBA, and society at large were being unfair to the misunderstood forward.
“Someone tell me one good reason why Rodman shouldn’t be allowed to hammer Jack Daniels and drive away on a motorcycle with no helmet on camera,” Nichols said. “Sure he signed a multi-million dollar contract to do a job. But any good athlete knows, Carmen Electra’s needs come before your teammates.”
The paper goes on to explain how people shouldn’t criticize Rodman because it could potentially harm her ability to land an interview with him in the upcoming years.
“I believe Dennis Rodman deserves time away to get some,” the paper concluded.