ESPN – the major sports network trusted by people across the globe, isn’t as perfect as you may think.

Since the U.S based Entertainment and Sports Programming Network launched 36 years ago, it has been surrounded by scandal and had it’s reputation tainted by claims of behind the scenes sexual harassment, racism and much more.

Here are 15 scandals that almost led to the network being shut down for good.

1. Chris Berman in Sexual Harassment Claim


In November 2015, sportscaster Chris Berman was at the centre of a sexual harassment claim against ESPN by a former makeup artist. Sue Baumann was hired by ESPN through an outside company and spent around 7 years working from them. However when she was sacked, she launched a sexual harassment claim against ESPN. The claim consisted of “comments [Chris Berman] allegedly made in the makeup room and text messages going back a few years.” ESPN settled the sexual harassment claim out of court.

2. Curt Schilling Discrimination


Baseball analyst and former all-star pitcher Curt Schilling became under-fire after he took to Twitter to rage against the transgender bathrooms. His tweet attracted a lot of criticism, so ESPN fired Schilling. The networks statement said: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Schilling posted a meme of an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothes, with the clothes cut out to show the breast area. The meme says: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”
Schilling put his own thoughts in the caption, it read: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”