“My Presence Was Not Even Acknowledged”: Renowned Sports Reporter Expresses Disappointment With LeBron James for Ignoring Her on Multiple Occasions

Published 12/21/2021, 9:54 PM EST
14 March 2012: Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) talks to Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the Chicago Bulls 106-102 victory over the Miami Heat at the United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo by Mark Halmas/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


LeBron James is one of the most influential players in the NBA. He gets immense respect from his fan base and also the analysts. His work, both on and off the court, has earned him a lot of respect. However, when that code of respect is broken, the ‘King’ doesn’t take it lightly.

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Former ESPN anchor, Michelle Beadle knows all about that.

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James and Beadle have a bit of history with one another, It mainly stems from James’ ‘The Decision’. Beadle admitted to making fun of it and the superstar took it personally. While the reporter said it wasn’t anything against LeBron, he took offense to what she did.

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He kept no room for forgiveness. Moreover, even his teammates joined in to make sure Beadle knows she is not on good terms.

LeBron James won’t even shake hands with Beadle

Recently, Beadle spoke about her relationship with LeBron and how he and his teammates have given her cold shoulders. She claims that she has been around them multiple times. However, James has been reluctant about talking to her or even acknowledging her. While the reason for ‘The Decision’ remains in the air, Beadle doesn’t know why James treats her the way he does.

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She said: “They won’t acknowledge me. I have been around them a couple of times. Either my hand was ignored when I held it out for a handshake or my presence was not even acknowledged even though there were three people standing there. I’m telling you, it’s like did I have a relationship with you that I don’t remember? Like that’s what it feels like.”

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3 and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 chat during halftime during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This all comes from the rumors that LeBron James did not want Beadle to be on ESPN. Obviously, it is clear that James did not take well to the disrespect. Especially at the time when almost everyone was against him, Beadle made fun of his decision more than anyone else.

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One can speculate as to why James reacts in this particular way with the reporter. What do you think of this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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