Reporter Under Fire for ‘Softball’ Questioning of LeBron James, Denies Being Paid by James for Interview

Jul 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. So who did pay you then?

  2. I certainly hope not as this would be a new low. The questions were way too soft to be considered good journalism

  3. Realistically, there must have been some agreement to what could & could not be asked or James would not have done the interview…looking back that would have been best.

  4. jim ggray stinks

  5. Come on. Jim didn’t have to be paid. He didn’t want to offend the biggest star in basketball, so he can get somemore inside interviews in the future. Who do you think LeBron will look to for the next big interview?

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