WWE Investigating Jonathan Coachman After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2018

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WWE is investigating announcer Jonathan Coachman amid allegations that he sexually harassed a co-worker during his time at ESPN.

According to Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com, WWE issued a statement Tuesday that read, "We take these matters very seriously and are investigating."

Former ESPN anchor and legal analyst Adrienne Lawrence filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against ESPN on Sunday. Coachman was among those named in the suit, per Greg Joyce and Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post.

Lawrence alleged that Coachman offered her mentorship before attempting to turn the relationship between them personal.

She said she didn't hear from Coachman again after she told him she had a boyfriend and added that colleagues told her Coachman had sexually harassed other female employees at ESPN as well.

Coachman responded to the allegations via a series of posts on his Twitter account:

The 42-year-old Coachman first rose to prominence as a WWE announcer in 1999. He eventually graduated to on-screen authority roles and even spent time as an in-ring talent.

Coachman departed WWE in 2008 and took a position with ESPN as an anchor before leaving in 2017.

He returned to WWE in January and has served as one-third of Raw's commentary team alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves.

As part of her lawsuit, Lawrence also alleged that ESPN anchor John Buccigross sexually harassed her via text messages in 2016.

Additionally, the suit alleged that famed ESPN personality Chris Berman left a "threatening and racially disparaging" voicemail on ESPN anchor and contributor Jemele Hill's work phone in 2016.

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

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