Michelle Beadle returned to sports media with a new podcast for The Athletic called “What Did I Miss?” During a Friday’s episode with Paul Pierce, her former ESPN colleague.
LeBron James received a lot of heat from people all around the sports world after holding a televised special named “The Decision” to announce his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.
Beadle later revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers player was so offended by her jokes about his “Decision” that he tried to have her fired, New York Post reported.
“There was a rumor that [LeBron] got you fired from ESPN,” Pierce said.
“He tried,” Beadle responded. “He did try to do that. I was like ‘I’m honored that I’m even on your mind. Thank you very much for that, sir. That’s a weird place for me to be.'”
“My stuff with him started out not personal. I made fun of “The Decision” like 400,000 other talking heads did at the time, and I think for some reason that was it. It wasn’t personal to begin with. It obviously now will always be personal. It is what it is. But I also am very comfortable with not liking people. I think that’s what makes us all healthy. It’s the people that pretend they like everyone—you can’t trust them.”
The two soon moved on to other topics, with no further explanation of James’ attempt to have her fired from ESPN.