After polarizing sports pundit Skip Bayless fired a shot at Jefferson, the former University of Arizona Wildcat took similar aim at Bayless.
Can someone please explain to this senile old man that I work for ESPN. The network that HAS BASKETBALL that I can’t go on his show on Fox. He knows this that’s why he shoots these dusty blanks. Why don’t you hobble your old ass on to @RoadTrippinPod no networks, no restrictions. https://t.co/sjwgjdo9PN
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) May 4, 2021
In the minds of many fans, Bayless is one of James’ biggest haters in mainstream media. The commentator has often criticized the four-time NBA champ, although at times, he has also offered the former Cavs superstar genuine praise.
Jefferson and James got to know each other when they played together on the Cavs several years ago. Together, they helped lead the team to its first NBA championship in 2016 and an additional finals appearance the following year.
Jefferson also made two other championship series appearances early in his career as a member of the New Jersey Nets.
Since retiring in 2018, Jefferson has appeared on many media outlets and podcasts as an NBA commentator.