The NFL has been having some hard times, suffering from dropping ratings and attendance in the wake of the national anthem protests. But they just got hit with even more bad news.
The NFL Network suspended three of the network’s analysts Tuesday after of sexual harassment and assault allegations surfaced, ESPN reports.
Marshall Faulk, a former running back for the once St. Louis Rams, was among the three suspended. The others are Heath Evans and Ike Taylor.
According to ESPN’s report, former wardrobe stylist for NFL Network Jami Cantor filed a lawsuit against the three. The stylist worked for ESPN from 2006 until she was dismissed from the company in October 2016.
Cantor is now suing, alleging sexual harassment and assault, as well as wrongful termination.
Cantor detailed her allegations.
Cantor said Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and told her she was “put on earth to pleasure me.” He also pressed his crotch against Cantor’s shoulder and asked her to touch it, according to the complaint.
She said she was also sexually harassed by on-air talent. Faulk would ask Cantor “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life and fondled her breasts and groped her behind, according to the complaint.
Taylor sent Cantor “sexually inappropriate” pictures and a video of him masturbating in the shower, according to the filing. Donovan McNabb, a former analyst, also texted her explicit comments, according to the compliant. McNabb now works for ESPN, which said in a statement that neither the former quarterback nor another employee cited in the complaint, Eric Davis, would appear on its networks during an NFL investigation into the allegations.
The New York Times laid it out even more:
In the complaint, Cantor says that Faulk, a Hall of Fame running back, asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her and pulled out his genitals while demanding oral sex; that Evans, a former fullback, sent nude pictures and propositioned her; and that Taylor, a former cornerback, sent her a video that showed him masturbating. Cantor said that Weinberger, who left the network in 2015, groped her and put his crotch against her.
The lawsuit also said that Cantor had been harassed by the former N.F.L. players and ex-NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp, as well as by the former network employee Marc Watts. Sapp was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested for assault and soliciting prostitution. McNabb left the network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015.
Cantor says she complained about the treatment to the league’s talent coordinator, Marc Watts, but that he did nothing about it. She says he replied, “It’s part of the job when you look the way you do.” She says she also complained about other conditions at the network, including a lack of compensation for the hours that she worked.
Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, said that the network knew about it. “The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Horton said. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”
She said they “fully intend to hold the NFL Network responsible.”
H/T Right Scoop
[Note: This post is written by Nick Arama]