ESPN’s Jemele Hill denies Chris Berman left ‘racially disparaging’ voicemail


Jemele Hill wrote that longtime ESPN personality Chris Berman “never left any racially disparaging remarks on my voicemail” in a Twitter message Monday night, disputing a claim made in a federal lawsuit by a former network employee.

“A few years ago, I had a personal conflict with Chris Berman, but the way this conflict has been characterized is dangerously inaccurate,” Hill said. “Chris never left any racially disparaging remarks on my voicemail and our conflict was handled swiftly and with the utmost professionalism.”

The alleged incident from 2016 was part of a 93-page sexual harassment lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Sunday by Adrienne Lawrence, who worked at ESPN as part of a two-year fellowship program. While Lawrence previously had made claims regarding others at ESPN, the inclusion of Berman was a new wrinkle to her allegations that ESPN is a toxic work environment for women. 

Hill said she felt her concerns “were taken seriously by ESPN and addressed in a way that made me feel like a valued employee.”

  An ESPN statement provided to USA TODAY Sports also disputed the allegations

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