I don’t think I have ever seen a company do this before.
Adrienne Lawrence filed a sexual harassment complaint against ESPN and in it she accused Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross of sending her shirtless photos.
Buccigross admitted he sent the photos.
But others are speaking openly. In her complaint, Adrienne Lawrence describes a toxic environment at ESPN headquarters where men make unwanted sexual and romantic advances under the guise of networking or mentoring, and “mark” women as their own by spreading false rumors about sexual relationships with female employees.
Lawrence accused John Buccigross, a longtime SportsCenter anchor who she viewed as a mentor, of sending unsolicited shirtless photographs of himself and calling her “dollface,” “#dreamgirl,” and “#longlegs” in messages from 2016 reviewed by the Globe. Lawrence said she tried to remain cordial in the messages but at one point responded: “You need to wear clothes, sir.”
ESPN called the accusations meritless, singled out Lawerence and didn’t address anything else in the story.
This morning the released the text messages.
Here is what Lawrence had to say about that.
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) December 15, 2017
On the hand I understand ESPN trying to clear their name, on the other hand Lawrence isn’t the only woman in the story, but she is the only woman of color.
It is just a mess.
You can flip the page to read the text messages, when Lawerence says were carefully selected..