Despite a report from CNBC that former NBC reporter Jim Gray was paid by the LeBron James camp for his participation in ESPN’s "The Decision" last Thursday, the journalist has vehemently denied any such compensation, reports The Washington Post.
"I didn’t take a penny from LeBron or any entity connected to him," Gray told The Post. He said the CNBC story was "100 percent inaccurate, wrong, totally false" and "irresponsible. … I would never take a nickel from somebody I’m interviewing."
Gray has been widely criticized for his “softball” questioning of James over the NBA star’s decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat.