Former Sports Reporter Jenn Sterger Says ESPN Employees Harassed Her
She claims they brought her to a strip club.
Former sports reporter Jenn Sterger wrote a scathing Twitter post criticizing ESPN and claiming that she was subject to inappropriate behavior by ESPN employees, reports Fox News.
She decided to speak out after the network canceled Barstool Van Talk.
Since we are being honest, I will say this: I HATE how Barstool Sports treats women. But the other side is JUST as bad. pic.twitter.com/i8kSoyA98A
— Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) October 24, 2017
She tweeted, “Since we are being honest, I will say this: I HATE how Barstool Sports treats women. But the other side is just as bad,” according to Fox News.
She continued, saying that one time when she was 23-year-olds, ESPN employees told her to meet them at a club following her interview. But when she arrived, she realized it was not a club she was used to, but instead, a strip club. The now 33-year-old, Sterger writes that she was “extremely uncomfortable” and “incredibly awkward.” She had to “watch as my male coworkers got lap-dances from girls while they teased me about how I was uncomfortable and didn’t want to participate.
Sterger spoke to two of her bosses about the incident.
“They admonished me and said it was a bad look for the company for me to be there and to never do it again,” Sterger claimed, according to Fox News. “I was fired before my plane landed in Tampa.”
She also wrote about an uncomfortable encounter with a male employee, who was at the strip club as well, in Bristol, CT in 2008. Sterger said she reluctantly accepted a ride from the man, who she says is still employed at ESPN, and during the car ride, he talked about the numerous girls he was hooking up with that worked at ESPN at the time, and implied he was “helping their careers.”
Sterger writes that she “cried the whole way home” after she left he car, Fox News writes. Later, she writes, a friend told her that the man wanted to show his coworkers that she was “just a f–ckable in person as I was in pictures.”
ESPN said in a statement: “We have no record of this ever being brought to our attention. We thoroughly investigate all allegations brought to us. Fostering a professional and respectful workplace is a top priority for ESPN and we always encourage people to report any issues.”
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