Last year, Michelle Beadle said LeBron James tried to get her fired while she was working at ESPN.
“He tried,” Beadle said. “He did try to do that. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m honored that I’m even on your mind. Thank you very much. That’s a weird place for me to be.'”
“My stuff with him started off not personal. I made fun of The Decision like 400,000 other talking heads did at the time. I think for some reason that was it. It wasn’t personal to begin, obviously now it will always be personal. It is what it is. I’m very comfortable with not liking people.”
While on The Sessions with Renée Paquette this week, Beadle took her accusations a step further when she alleged that the Lakers star was tried to get other media members fired as well.
“Of course, I took it personal. It was personal – he wanted me fired,” Beadle told Paquette. “But then I found out after the fact that when all this came out, I would get messages from people saying ‘That kinda s— was happening to me too.’ He was super petty and trying to have an effect.”
Beadle added that she’s surprised James is “sweating the small things” with the media.
Beadle had two separate tenures with ESPN. She originally hosted SportsNation from 2009 to 2012 before taking a job at NBC. She returned to ESPN and SportsNation in 2014 and became a host of NBA Countdown as well as Get Up at its launch.
She negotiated a buyout with ESPN in 2019.