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ESPN's Linda Cohn

RIPS FORMER CO-WORKER

Michelle Beadle Doesn't Belong In Sports

2/1/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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ESPN badass Linda Cohn HATES people like Michelle Beadle ... telling TMZ Sports women who get into sports-reporting with an agenda to be on shows like "Access Hollywood" make her blood boil.

Cohn never mentioned Beadle by name when we ran into her in NYC this week ... but it's obvious she was talking about M.B. since Beadle was a sideline reporter for the Nets, worked for ESPN and then left to become the co-host of  "Access."

Here's the backstory ... we were asking Linda about the ongoing battle that female sports journalists face in the workplace when Linda broke it down for us:

"I've been very outspoken I always tell young women they should aim HIGHER than being sideline reporter if they really love sports and have a passion for it."

"And if they're knowledgeable about it, do your homework ... show us how knowledgeable you are and go out there and kick some butt."

"But if you're just using it as a stepping stone to be on 'Access Hollywood' then you're not needed here."

Boom.

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11:04 AM PT -- Beadle just responded on Twitter ... and essentially blew the whole thing off.

"Just scheduled a sweet pillow fight with @lindacohn....kissing optional. Nice try, Internet. Smooches, mama. #nocatfighthere"

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29 COMMENTS

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Superbowlchamps    

She is so wrong maybe just jellous. Michelle knows more about sports than most women. She no longer works for Access Hollywood. She should go Dan Patrick on ESPN!

201 days ago
2.

static    

Michele Beadle is eye candy nothing more.

201 days ago
3.

zombie    

Nothing more unattractive than an old jealous woman.

201 days ago
4.

zombie    

I guess this old bag has no contempt for Josh Elliot who left ESPN for Good Morning America where he gets to read news stories about Justin Bieber before heading outside to do the Deals and Steals segments where he holds up tote bags and frying pans.

201 days ago
5.

LaughAtU    

She already got fired from Access Hollywood and NBC altogether

201 days ago
6.

Vote2012    

If you ask me ESPN does not belong in sports anymore, they have become cheerleaders for certain teams and players, their coverage and broadcasts really suck. I can't stand watching anything on ESPN.

201 days ago
7.

Barry Soetoro    

Women should not be covering sports period.

201 days ago
8.

Ron Fing Swanson    

M. Beadle is a party animal type chick.

201 days ago
9.

UNLV1990    

This will get good, MB will not let that comment go.

201 days ago
10.

bernergirl    

Linda has a point. Then we wouldn't have to Pi up with on media day "who is your favorite housewife?"

201 days ago
11.

jack    

agree with linda. i want to see female reporters who love the sports they cover. but theres a reason why erin andrews and the redhead left espn... money. which im sure hollywood offered her a lot more

201 days ago
12.

Flying Blind    

sleeping again:
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The case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may not be as strong as once believed.

Carlos Ortiz, once believed to be the star witness against Hernandez in the murder of Odin Lloyd based on the extent to which information apparently obtained from him was used to support search warrants and arrest warrants, will now not be called as a witness at all.

201 days ago
13.

Get busy    

Are you kidding me?? She calls herself a sports journalist? I hate ESPNBA anyways, she's hating on Michelle Beadle for making a decision that works best for her financially

201 days ago
14.

Rigby    

Lol Michelle probably left for more money$$$ which I would do to... Linda Cohn is being a big ass hater.... If your worrying about others business your doing something wrong..

201 days ago
15.

boo boo    

I agree and always thought that about mb. Fake sports chacha

200 days ago
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