By any standard, ESPN is having a bad week. First, Sean Miller denied all of the allegations made by soon-to be-used-car-salesman Mark Schlabach in an epic press conference last Thursday. Now, it is being reported that former ESPN anchor and legal analyst Adrienne Lawrence is suing the Bristol behemoth for a laundry list of complaints, which according to the 85-page lawsuit, include sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and a failure by HR to address her complaints.
Have you ever wondered what John Buccigross looks like without his shirt? Well, if you’re Adrienne Lawrence, you don’t have to just imagine. The captured screenshot included in the court filing shows Buccigross sending an unsolicited (is there another kind?) picture via text of himself shirtless, showing off his sunken chest and Red Ryder-sized guns. The accompanying text also revealed Buccigross has less game than the Washington Generals. For her part, Lawrence heroically refrains from sending the vomiting emoji and manages to remain professional throughout the exchange.
Lawrence contends that the prevailing atmosphere at ESPN has always been “rife with misogyny” and contends women, unlike their male counterparts, “are humiliated, degraded, and forced to navigate a misogynistic and predatory culture.” She alleges employees regularly watched porn on their computers and keep “scorecards” naming female counterparts they were targeting for sex. She also contends men made extremely rude and inappropriate comments in the presence of female colleagues. An example she gave was two anchors wondering aloud about what “Rihanna tastes like” (My guess? Really sweet and just a little salty).
— Robert Littal (@BSO) March 6, 2018
The saddest part about the whole thing? Adrienne Lawrence is a LAWYER! And not just any lawyer. She’s sort of a wunderkind lawyer. She graduated from high school at 16, received her degree in criminal justice at 19, and her master’s at 20. She then received her her law degree from George Washington University at 24. She continued vying for the overachiever hall-of-fame by completing a specialized journalism master’s program at City College of New York at the same time. After clerking for a DC Court of Appeals judge, she went to work teaching Criminal Law and Tort at Strayer University. She then went to work at the prestigious Greenberg Traurig law firm in New York City. Her specialty while she was there? Well, it was LITIGATION, of course. And according to her LinkedIn bio, she obtained several favorable multi-million dollar judgements against media companies. You cannot make this stuff up.
Look, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who is not surprised there is a frat-boy environment at ESPN. After all, I believe Syracuse fraternity boys make up approximately 97% of the “talent.” What does surprise me is how stupid they were. Treating every female employee with a pretty face and attractive body like their personal plaything is not only wrong, it’s incredibly dumb. Look, boys, it’s 2018 and women have just about had enough of your shit. #metoo has taken hold and that fat-ass genie ain’t ever getting back in the bottle. Not only that, and this may come as a surprise, but women can be anything they want to be. Doctors, sports anchors, play-by-play announcers…and highly skilled litigation attorneys who are suing your arrogant, bloated ass back to the time when Chris Berman was funny.