NFL Network Suspends Analysts over Sexual Harassment Allegations
The network suspended on-air talent Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans while it investigates claims made by a former employee in a lawsuit.
NFL Network has suspended Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans pending an investigation following sexual harassment allegations made by a former employee.
Bloomberg reported on Monday that wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor had filed a suit against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October alleging that the three analysts sexually harassed her. Also named in the suit was former NFL Network exec Eric Weinberger, the current head of Bill Simmons' media group The Ringer, and former network analyst Donovan McNabb, now at ESPN.
Cantor's suit alleges that Faulk groped her breasts and behind and asked her "invasive questions" about her sex life. The complaint says Weinberger sent Cantor sexually explicit texts and nude pictures of himself, and that he also pressed his crotch against her shoulder and told her to touch it.
Taylor is accused of sending Cantor sexually inappropriate pictures of himself and video of himself masturbating in the shower. The complaint also says McNabb sent Cantor sexually explicit text messages.
A spokesman for the NFL Network told Bloomberg that Faulk, Taylor and Evans have been suspended from their duties pending an investigation into the allegations.
Late on Monday, The Ringer placed Weinberger on leave indefinitely. “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation,” a spokesman for The Ringer told The Hollywood Reporter.