From a journalistic viewpoint, there is no reason for the public to think that ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and NBA player Jimmy Butler are guilty of “slapping cheeks” in July 2020, a clear breach of NBA Bubble etiquette and a betrayal of a 20-year marriage. However, NBA Twitter sleuths never let the facts get in the way of a good storey, and in the aftermath of the recent Nichols circus, they felt it was necessary to fan the fires of the Jimmy Butler Bubble Love Affair myth.
During the quarantine time, a security guard got a complaint of a “big pounding” within a bubble hotel room, according to NBA Insider Chris Haynes. Butler answered the door, soaked in perspiration and claiming to be dribbling a basketball when the guard knocked.
As the world falls apart around Nichols in the aftermath of her now-famous “diversity” remark, urban gossip blog Jordan Thrilla spread the storey that the pounding noises from a year ago were really the sounds of passionate, rhythmic coitaling between two consenting people.
The Internet then linked to a cutesy bubble interview Rachel and Jimmy had during Miami’s Finals run last summer, which would be laughable if the foundation hadn’t already been built.
Following a double technical, conspiracy theorists were thrilled to hear a clip of Karl Anthony-Townes yelling at his old teammate to “Call Rachel Nichols.”