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Michelle Beadle Insists LeBron James Tried To Get Her Replaced At ESPN: "He Had A Person At The Network Who He Wanted. He Wanted Her To Be The Host Of NBA Countdown."

Michelle Beadle Insists LeBron James Tried To Get Her Replaced At ESPN: "He Had A Person At The Network Who He Wanted. He Wanted Her To Be The Host Of NBA Countdown."

Michelle Beadle's allegations against LeBron James won't stop coming, as the former ESPN talent keeps revealing details of Bron's supposed campaign to get her removed from the worldwide leader of sports. 

Last month, Beadle talked about how this unknown rivalry with LeBron started, claiming it was her comments about the infamous 'The Decision' special that gained her LeBron's dislike. 

A couple of weeks later, Michelle joined the House of Strauss podcast hosted by former Warriors beat writer Ethan Strauss. She doubled down on her initial comments, stating that LeBron even had somebody he wanted to replace Beadle at NBA Countdown. 

"I think he had a person at the network that he wanted to be the host of it," Beadle said, via Sports Illustrated. "He does not like me, and I honestly have stopped trying to figure out why. For some reason, it goes back years. I've been around Maverick Carter, he refused to shake my hand. I have no idea why."

"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."

Many speculate she was talking about Rachel Nichols, a controversial reporter who hosted NBA Countdown after Beadle left the network in 2019. However, things didn't end well for the former since she was removed from her role at the show after controversial comments about Maria Taylor (another NBA Countdown host) saw the light. 

Fortunately for Beadle, ESPN backed her up and didn't fire her. She spent three years hosting the show, from 2016-19. Now Michelle is part of The Athletic, hosting her 'What Did I Miss?' podcast, revealing these details about the face of the NBA and his supposed attempts to get her fired.