Jemele Hill Claps Back At ESPN Racism Allegations Dragging Chris Berman

Danny Woods
March 9, 2018

In addition to Hill and Coachman, ESPN has also come out strong against the 85-page lawsuit that reads like an oral history of how women have been mistreated there since the 1980s. Numerous allegations are directed towards "SportsCenter" anchor John Buccigross, who Lawrence said made repeated unwanted sexual advances towards her and sent her shirtless photographs.

Lawrence claims Hill notified ESPN executive Marcia Keegan - who oversaw Hill's show, "His & Hers" - but ultimately "nothing was done".

The lawsuit contends that Lawrence's experiences fit a decades-long pattern of disregard for female employees at ESPN.

"ESPN is, and always has been, a company rife with misogyny", Lawrence claims in her lawsuit.

Lawrence's lawsuit alleges male employees at the network openly watched porn on their computers and kept a "scoreboard" of women they were targeting for sex.

Lawrence later claims that ESPN's human resources department "colluded with Buccigross to cover up his misconduct" and that her complaints eventually led to her firing in 2017.

Now, where current RAW commentator Jonathan Coachman plays into this.

Jemele Hill refuted Adrienne Lawrence's claim that Chris Berman left Hill a "racially disparaging" voicemail.

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Hill released a statement, via Twitter, calling the allegations "dangerously inaccurate".

Lawrence stuck by her characterization of the incident to ThinkProgress, insisting that she while she never heard the voicemail, she is describing it exactly the way Hill characterized it to her.

126. Coachman's reputation for making unwelcome sexual advances toward women and engaging in other sexually harassing behavior was not a secret.

"The company will vigorously defend its position and we are confident we will prevail in court", the statement said.

The complaint cites lawsuits against ESPN, and references other allegations that have not been aired in court.

The suit says Lawrence quit her job as a lawyer in 2015 to join the network as a fellow. In December, when Lawrence's claims became public, ESPN tried to clear Buccigross name. Elsewhere in the lawsuit, as TMZ Sports reports, Lawrence says Chris Berman once left a "threatening and racially disparaging voicemail" for anchor Jemele Hill, which ESPN also did nothing about. Beyond this, Coachman is alleged to have made passes at other colleagues, including former SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh, who claimed to have received inappropriate photos and text messages from Coachman and said that he would tell others at the network that the pair were "romantically involved".

She went on to say she's disappointed someone she considered a friend would "misrepresent and relay a private conversation" without her knowledge.

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