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ESPN Book: Chris Berman on Sexual Harassment

Like everyone else I have been slogging my way through the ESPN tome. Thus far, a lot of egotistical white bros who think they invented beer. Though, I found this nugget fascinating. On page 180 is Chris Berman’s response to Karie Ross’ cafeteria plea to stop the widespread sexual harassment. Boomer is indistinguishable from the ESPN brand, and his comment seems indistinguishable from the ESPN response.

From Those Guys Have All the Fun:

CHRIS BERMAN

I was not at the cafeteria meeting, but Karie was right, I’m sure of that. I liked her. She was a great-looking woman; still is, the last time I saw her.

As far as the other women were concerned, I will say this: we looked out for each other. If somebody had a problem, a couple of the guys took care of it. If I talked to someone, I would say, “Take it easy. We’re all still friends. Don’t make anybody uncomfortable here.” If someone was uncomfortable and they came to the right people, it was “Cut that shit out.” If there were a couple of the camera ladies having trouble with some guys, the would let the right people know about it and it was policed. The right guys didn’t stand for that. But maybe I was naive.

Thought 1. WOMAN! HOT!

Thought 2. We were a family, there wasn’t really a problem.

Thought 3. Well, there was kind of a problem. But (fill in cliched jock analogy) our sexual harassment hockey goons kept order and took care of this internally.

Thought 4. We screwed up, but we meant well.

Thought 5. Sigh…We screwed up.

Thought 6. DEADSPIN FOUND SOMETHING! ZERO TOLERANCE! SUSPENSIONS! I’M NOT SURE WHAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT EVEN MEANS!

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