By Nicholas Parco
New York Daily News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Adrienne Lawrence, who worked at ESPN in 2015 on a racial diversity fellowship says “ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women.” Lawrence specifically cites a colleague who would call her “dollface” and refer to her as “#longlegs” and “#dreamgirl” in text message conversations.
New York Daily News
The once self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports is reportedly a terrible place for women to work.
Two of ESPN’s biggest stars, John Buccigross and Matthew Berry, among other male talent, have been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women, according to an in-depth report from the Boston Globe that features some bombshell allegations about working in Bristol.
Adrienne Lawrence, who worked at ESPN in 2015 on a racial diversity fellowship, claims Buccigross has been known to send her unsolicited shirtless selfies. In a complaint filed with ESPN this past summer, Lawrence, who is a lawyer, says Buccigross would call her “dollface” and refer to her as “#longlegs” and “#dreamgirl” in text message conversations.
“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” Lawrence told the Globe.
She added that a large part of ESPN’s “hostile” work environment included men “marking” female employees by spreading false rumors of sexual relationships.
When Lawrence told officials at the company that a false rumor of her dating Buccigross was spreading, they responded by telling her to “drop the matter,” according to the formal complaint she filed.
“I considered Adrienne to be a friend,” Buccigross told the Globe. “I’m sorry if anything I did or said offended Adrienne. It certainly wasn’t my intent.”
ESPN said Thursday that Lawrence’s claims have been investigated and “are entirely without merit.”
The network also released screenshots of text messages between Buccigross and Lawrence in an attempt to show they “had a consensual, personal friendship that spanned months.”