NFL Network suspends multiple analysts over numerous sexual harassment claims

NFL Network suspends multiple analysts over numerous sexual harassment claims
Three NFL Network analysts were suspended after it was reported that a former wardrobe stylist accused them and others of sexual harassment. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A lawsuit alleging sexual harassment from on-air talent on the NFL Network has led to numerous suspensions while the claims are being investigated, it was revealed Tuesday.

Here’s the report from Fox News:

Who was suspended?

Current analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans have been suspended over the allegations. The lawsuit also makes allegations against former analyst Donovan McNabb and former executive producer Eric Weinberger.

What are the accusations?

According to legal documents obtained by Bloomberg News, a former wardrobe stylist says that she suffered numerous incidents of sexual harassment from multiple current and former employees at the Network. The lawsuit was filed in October.

Jami Cantor, the former stylist, made very explicit claims against the NFL Network employees.

Cantor alleged that Faulk, who has been one of NFL Network’s top analysts for about a decade, greeted her by “fondling her breasts and groping her behind,” according to the complaint. Faulk “became more aggressive,” including one instance where he allegedly invited Cantor to his hotel room where she witnessed him expose his genitals and made sexually suggestive remarks.

McNabb, who is currently an ESPN employee, made sexually inappropriate comments via text, asking about a specific sex act multiple times.

When she complained NFL Network’s talent coordinator Marc Watts about the sexual harassment, he allegedly brushed off her claims.

“It’s part of the job when you look the way you do,” he told her, according to Cantor.

Cantor accused Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk of numerous incidents of sexual harassment.

Cantor alleged that Faulk, who has been one of NFL Network’s top analysts for about a decade, greeted her by “fondling her breasts and groping her behind,” according to the complaint. Faulk “became more aggressive,” including one instance where he allegedly invited Cantor to his hotel room where she witnessed him expose his genitals and made sexually suggestive remarks.

Cantor claims that she was falsely accused of stealing clothes in order to provide a pretense by which she could be fired.

She is suing for wrongful termination and defamation in addition to the sexual harassment claims, and is seeking unspecified general and punitive damages from the Network.