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NFL Network, ESPN Suspend Analysts, Including Former Football Players, Over Sexual Misconduct Suit

NFL Network, ESPN Suspend Analysts, Including Former Football Players, Over Sexual Misconduct Suit

Donovan McNabb, Marshall Faulk named in the suit.

The NFL Network and ESPN have suspended five analysts due to a former NFL Network stylist’s lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct. This includes two former football stars. From The New York Times:

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.”

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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.


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