Jemele Hill Shoots Down Report of Racially Charged Voicemail From Chris Berman & Blasts Former Friend For Using Her (TWEET)

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Back in December, former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence accused SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross of improper conduct after he sent a few sexually suggestive text messages her way.

Months later, TMZ got a hold of a lawsuit she recently filed against ESPN, citing sexual discrimination, a hostile work environment, and more. But the most damning part of the lawsuit is when she alleges that Chris Berman sent Jemele Hill a racially charged voicemail and ESPN responded by doing absolutely nothing about it.

One such incident involves Berman and Hill. 

“In early 2016, ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ personality Jemele Hill received a threatening and racially disparaging voicemail from Berman on her ESPN phone line.”

Lawrence claims Hill notified ESPN executive Marcia Keegan — who oversaw Hill’s show, “His & Hers” — but ultimately “nothing was done.”

Lawrence claims Berman has been involved in multiple incidents involving mistreatment of women — but “remains a celebrated and welcome ESPN employee.”

It took a few hours after the initial report, but Jemele Hill eventually got around to sending out a statement. She shot down the report of Berman doing anything of that sort, then proceeded to blast Lawrence for trying to use her for personal gain.

ESPN then released a statement on the matter:

“We conducted a thorough investigation of the claims Adrienne Lawrence surfaced to ESPN and they are entirely without merit. Ms. Lawrence was hired into a two-year talent development program and was told that her contract would not be renewed at the conclusion of the training program. At that same time, ESPN also told 100 other talent with substantially more experience, that their contracts would not be renewed. The company will vigorously defend its position and we are confident we will prevail in court.”

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