ESPN SportsNation host Michelle Beadle, who was thrust into the spotlight ahead of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2, is speaking out with her version of the events and the aftermath.
Beadle and Rachel Nichols of CNN tweeted Saturday morning that the Mayweather camp barred them from covering the bout.
Mayweather spokesperson Kelly Swanson later refuted the claims about their credentials having been pulled, per Mitch Abramson and Bernie Augustine of the New York Daily News.
On Tuesday, Beadle posted an extensive recap of the situation on social media.
She explained that her issues with Mayweather date back to last year's ESPY Awards. During the 2014 telecast, she made a comment about enjoying the way the undefeated American boxer lives his life, which led to her receiving backlash about the remark.
Beadle then researched Mayweather's history of domestic violence that overshadows his outstanding career inside the ring. In her recap Tuesday, she stated that she has completely changed her outlook on the boxer:
I did the research. I learned of the accusations. The convictions. The abuse committed in front of his own children. And the way the judicial system made a mockery of those women, putting the Las Vegas Money Tree ahead of doing the right thing. I immediately apologized and vowed I'd never support that man and his lifestyle.
The ESPN personality noted she's received a lot of questions about why she even traveled to Las Vegas to cover the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout given her stance. She believes her platform as a high-profile reporter gives her a voice to make sure Mayweather's past doesn't get overlooked.
"I'll tell you why I went. I went because it's my job. That's the obvious reason," she explained in the recap. "But more importantly, I went because I have a voice. You may not like my voice. You may find me grating and annoying, and in need of a timeout several times a week. But my voice is all I have."
After the fight, Beadle once again garnered attention by publicly severing any ties between herself and WWE. The decision came after Triple H, a longtime Superstar and current executive in the wrestling company, sent out a message of congratulations to Mayweather:
Beadle, a frequent guest at WWE shows and pay-per-view events, thanked the company for the opportunities but said those days are over:
Triple H has over two million followers. He's one of the faces of a company that depends on a healthy public image. I realize he doesn't speak for everyone, but does he realize that when he shows support to a convicted batterer, friend or not, it can effectively damage so much goodwill that the company is admittedly doing? It's hard to sell a message of anti-bullying while slapping the ultimate bully on the back. I was a fan. A big fan. But it's time to use my voice.
Beadle has become one of ESPN's most notable on-screen personalities in recent years. She has accumulated more than 1 million followers on Twitter, where she's highly active. Based on her reaction to the weekend, it's clear she takes the feedback on social media seriously.
In turn, the 39-year-old host feels now is the time to use her voice for what she believes is a greater good: speaking out against Mayweather and ending her WWE fandom.