Former ESPN host Adrienne Lawrence’s lawsuit against the media big not solely alleges sexual harassment against sportscaster John Buccigross however it additionally claims Chris Berman left a threatening and “racially disparaging” voicemail for former SportsCenter host Jemele Hill in early 2016.
ESPN launched textual content messages between Lawrence and Buccigross in December and on Monday, Hill launched a press release additionally additional discrediting Lawrence’s accusations made in an eighty five-web page submitting.
“A number of years in the past, I had a private battle with Chris Berman, however the best way this battle has been characterised is dangerously inaccurate. Chris by no means left any racially disparaging remarks on my voicemail and our battle was dealt with swiftly and with the utmost professionalism.
“I felt as if my considerations have been taken significantly by ESPN and addressed in a method that made me really feel like a valued worker. Frankly, I’m extra dissatisfied that somebody I thought-about to be a good friend at one level would misrepresent and relay a personal dialog with out my information — during which I merely tried to be a sounding board — for private achieve.”
Lawrence says within the submitting that Hill advised her ESPN bosses concerning the alleged voicemail, however no motion was taken. Lawrence used the alleged voicemail as an instance of the “sexist” environment at The Worldwide Chief.
ESPN launched a press release Monday night time that denied Lawrence’s accusations within the lawsuit.
“We carried out a radical investigation of the claims Adrienne Lawrence surfaced to ESPN they usually are totally with out benefit. Ms. Lawrence was employed right into a two-yr expertise improvement program and was advised that her contract wouldn’t be renewed on the conclusion of the coaching program.
“At that very same time, ESPN additionally advised one hundred different expertise with considerably extra expertise, that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed. The corporate will vigorously defend its place and we are assured we’ll prevail in courtroom.”