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LeBron James tried to have Michelle Beadle fired, broadcaster says

LeBron James tried to have Michelle Beadle fired from her ESPN job, the broadcaster has claimed in a podcast.

Beadle believes James was offended that she made fun of the way he handled his free agency decision in 2010.

Speaking with Paul Pierce during a podcast for The Athletic, Beadle said that the Los Angeles Lakers star was so offended by her joking about his 'Decision' that he attempted to have her axed from her job.

"He tried," Beadle told Pierce. "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.'"

LeBron's 'Decision' came on July 8, 2010. Beadle was a year into her ESPN career when LeBron made his big life decision.

Beadle is a sports reporter and host who has worked for ESPN, as co-host of the morning sports show Get Up! with Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg, and as co-host of SportsNation on ESPN2. She was also a host of Winners Bracket on ABC

"My stuff with him started off not personal. I made fun of 'The Decision' like 400,000 other talking heads did at the time," Beadle said.

"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," she added.

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