Previous ESPN employee Michelle Beadle claims LeBron James attempted to get her terminated from her position on NBA Countdown.
Michelle Beadle of The Athletic, previously ESPN, was good friends with Hall of Famer Paul Pierce for their time together on TV. But drama ensued as Pierce brought up conversations of LeBron James and his decision that she mocked previously.
LeBron of course held a broadcast called The Decision to declare his takeoff from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, James got a lot of fire from individuals around the world, Beadle included. After that happened we all wanted to confirm whether the facts really confirm that James attempted to get her terminated when she was working for ESPN. Her reaction was very fascinating.
“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.’”
Beadle said that the first issue with James wasn’t close to home. Beadle accepts James was irritated that she ridiculed the manner in which he dealt with his free agent choice in 2010.
“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, but now it will always be personal.” “I’m very comfortable with not liking people,” Beadle added. “I think that’s what makes us all healthy. It’s the people who pretend they like everyone – you can’t trust them.”
Beadle said she wouldn’t fret James attempting to get her fired from her position. She also believe she had the support of her managers at ESPN.
“What I do care about is how my bosses respond, because that really at the end of the day is where any loyalty should have been…,” Beadle said. “It is what it is. He didn’t get me fired, so I do take solace in that. And the person he wanted didn’t get the job, so at the end of the day, we all win.”
Notwithstanding asserting that James attempted to get her terminated from ESPN, it doesn’t seem like Beadle is troubled by that circumstance. The two immediately moved to different times, without giving more origin story about how James tried to have her terminated by ESPN.
Beadle had two separate residencies with the organization. She initially facilitated SportsNation from 2009 to 2012, preceding taking some work at NBC. She got back to ESPN and SportsNation in 2014, and turned into a large group of NBA Countdown just as Get Up at its dispatch, close by Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose. She arranged a buyout with ESPN in 2019.
So we will never know if LeBron really got her terminated or if she really wanted to leave on her own after the buyout in 2019.