If You Were Brooke Hundley, How Much Would You Try and Sue ESPN For?

After Brooke Hundley’s appearance on Good Morning America yesterday, the discussion about her potential lawsuit shifted from “will she sue?” to “when will she sue?” December 1? January 1? It seems like an absolute certainty. The question: What will she ask for? Consider the following:

1) Chances of her working again in the media in the immediate future are very, very slim. Who’s going to hire someone after all the Steve Phillips details spilled out in the police reports? She hinted at her media future being murky in the Kate Snow interview: “I was in a situation where I felt like … if I didn’t do what was asked of me, then everything I had worked for for the past six years … everything I had done to establish myself as a successful media professional, could be gone like that.” Somebody coached her well. [Aside: What, exactly, is the bar these days to be a “successful media professional?”]

2) Will she have to change her name? The first thing any employer does these days is google a prospective employee. When words like “Fatal Attraction” and “restraining order” are some of the top entries on google, it is difficult to imagine Hundley making the cut. That leaves Hundley with two choices: Move to a remote small town to ply her trade – whatever that may be – or change her last name.

3) ESPN probably wouldn’t want this going to court and having the Harold Reynolds and Sean Salisbury cases surface again. So the guess here is that an out-of-court settlement will happen.

What’s the number she stands firm on? Two million? Five million? It can’t be a six-figure number – between taxes and paying the lawyer, that’ll last a few years, tops. If anyone knows Hundley’s lawyer – we’re told she has one – we’d love his/her contact info.

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