ESPN Reporter Calls Kawhi Leonard 'Obnoxious Diva' for His 'Spoiled Hissy Fit'

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ESPN's Michelle Beadle ripped into Kawhi Leonard during a Friday morning segment of Get Up!

The conversation began like most Leonard/Spurs talk does as of late: is this relationship damaged beyond repair? But then came the latest: Leonard reportedly wants to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers now that LeBron James has signed with the Lakers.

ESPN writer Michael C. Wright said its a matter of being part of a super-team like the Golden State Warriors or being an alpha that attracts players who don't have superstar status.

That's when Beadle tore into Leonard.

"What part of Kawhi Leonard's behavior in the last year and every story that's come out in the last several weeks says anything about this dude having any qualities that a leader is supposed to have — you don't talk, you don't defend yourself," she said. "You're coming off as an obnoxious diva."

She said Leonard doesn't want to play with the Lakers because he wants to be the top dog, but that he already has that place with the Spurs.

"You are the top dog for a team and an organization that has done really well for many years that you don't have the respect and you have the audacity to try to ignore as you continue to cash those $18 million checks," she continued.

Beadle, who graduated from UTSA, said that she – along with the city of San Antonio – is "over" Leonard. She said he'll get out of San Antonio once the Spurs get a trade they're happy with.

"You've thrown this little, spoiled, hissy fit and become one of the most unlikeable characters," Beadle ranted. "You're no longer a person I root for. You are someone who has just shown every quality of a spoiled, entitled person, and you don't even have the strength to speak for yourself."

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