A pair of prominent ESPN personalities were accused of inappropriate behavior in a wide-ranging story published Thursday in the Boston Globe about alleged mistreatment of women at the sports media empire.
Incidents involving “SportsCenter” anchor John Buccigross and fantasy sports expert Matthew Berry were both addressed in the story.
Adrienne Lawrence, who joined ESPN in 2015 as part of a fellowship to promote racial diversity at the company, said Buccigross called her “dollface,” “#dreamgirl,” and “#longlegs” in text messages sent in 2016. He also sent her unsolicited shirtless photos. Lawrence, a lawyer, filed a complaint against ESPN this summer.
“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” she said, according to the Globe. She said the atmosphere at the Bristol, Conn., campus is toxic for women, and men would “mark” female colleagues by spreading rumors of sexual relationships.
Lawrence complained to company officials that rumors were spreading of a relationship between her and Buccigross. She said she was advised by a supervisor to drop the matter, according to the complaint.