Stylist’s Lawsuit Rocks NFL Network, Leading to 6 Suspensions

Six current and former NFL Network employees, five of them former N.F.L. players, were suspended by their employers after they were named in a lawsuit claiming they had sexually harassed and assaulted a former colleague.

The NFL Network suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor pending an investigation in response to the suit.

ESPN is investigating the claims made against former NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, who have shows on ESPN Radio. McNabb and Davis “will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” an ESPN spokesman said.

In addition, Eric Weinberger, the president of the Bill Simmons Media Group and a former NFL Network executive, was suspended by the media group.

“These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today,” a spokesman for the Bill Simmons Media Group said in a statement. “We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the N.F.L., and we will conduct our own internal investigation.”

The allegations were made in a lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee, Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises, the league’s media arm that operates the network, in Los Angeles Superior Court in October. Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for the network, claimed age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination, among other complaints.

Cantor, who was employed by the network from 2006 until she was fired in October 2016, filed an amended complaint on Monday that more fully laid out repeated instances of sexual harassment and assault she said she suffered while working for the network.

In the complaint, Cantor said that Faulk, a Hall of Fame running back, asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her and exposed 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’s complaint also said that McNabb, a former quarterback, sent her sexually inappropriate text messages; that Davis, a former cornerback, made lewd comments and groped her; and that Weinberger groped her and put his crotch against her.

McNabb left NFL Network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015. Davis left the network in 2016, and appears frequently on Fox Sports; a spokesman there declined to comment. Weinberger left the network in 2015.



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