Adrienne Lawrence responded to text messages released by ESPN.
Thursday afternoon, the Boston Globe released a major story which goes deep on ESPN’s treatment of women.
In the story, former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence alleges that she was on the receiving end of inappropriate text messages from SportsCenter host John Buccigross.
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 e-mails but at one point responded: “You need to wear clothes, sir.”
When rumors spread that the two were in a relationship, Lawrence repeatedly complained to company officials and was advised by a supervisor to drop the matter, according to the complaint.
Later that night, ESPN published text messages between Buccigross and Lawrence following the latter’s allegations against the former. The text messages read as though the two had a consensual relationship, however, Adrienne Lawrence isn’t happy with the snippet ESPN chose to release.
Lawrence issued a statement on the “self-serving” portion of texts released by ESPN.
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) December 15, 2017
Clearly we’re not getting the full story here. ESPN released a statement Thursday night stating Lawrence’s claims are “entirely without merit.”