ESPN settles lawsuit with former SportsCenter producer who says she was fired over false accusations of racism

ESPN has settled a lawsuit with a top producer who sued the company for painting her as a racist so it could fire her, the Daily News has learned. Melissa “Missy” Motha, a former coordinating producer of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship original show, was seeking more than $5 million in back pay and damages after being publicly accused of telling a Black colleague “Your job is so easy a monkey could do it,” according to a lawsuit filed in Connecticut Superior Court. Motha was fired in July of last year, not long after Celia Bouza, the director of an ESPN development and diversity initi…

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