5 former NFL gamers — three who work for the NFL Community and two for ESPN — have been suspended following a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former NFL Community worker.
Jami Cantor — a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL-owned channel — made allegations in opposition to Ike Taylor, Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, and Eric Davis in a Los Angeles Superior Courtroom lawsuit in opposition to the league’s media arm, NFL Enterprises.
The lawsuit was initially filed in October, with alleged complaints together with age and intercourse discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work setting, and wrongful termination. An amended grievance was added Monday, containing extra detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by the boys.
Cantor’s alleges that Faulk, a Corridor of Fame working again, requested “deeply private” questions on her intercourse life, fondled her, and pulled down his pants and demanded oral intercourse, based on the swimsuit filed on Monday.
Cantor’s lawyer did not reply to requests for extra data.
Cantor alleges that Faulk additionally “groped her from behind,” and over time, turned extra aggressive, “stroking and pulling out his genitals in entrance of her” in a lodge room. “He additionally pinned Plaintiff in opposition to a wall, demanding oral intercourse whereas he pulled his pants down,” the swimsuit learn.
Cantor additionally alleges that former cornerback Taylor despatched her a video of himself masturbating. And Evans can also be accused of sending Cantor nude images, saying “inappropriate feedback,” and propositioning her.
“Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Community pending an investigation into these allegations,” Alex Riethmiller, a spokesperson for the NFL Community, informed BuzzFeed Information.
Representatives for Faulk and Taylor did not return a request for remark. Heath Evans did not return a request for remark directed at him by way of Twitter.
Eric Weinberger, a former NFL Community govt and president of Invoice Simmons Media Group, was additionally suspended in gentle of allegations contained in Cantor’s lawsuit.
Weinberger is alleged to have despatched Cantor nude photographs and “sexually express texts.” He is additionally accused of rubbing his crotch in opposition to Cantor’s shoulders.
A spokesperson for Invoice Simmons Media Group mentioned the allegations are “severe and disturbing,” including that Weinberger had been positioned on indefinite go away “till we’ve a greater understanding of what transpired throughout his time on the NFL,” pending an inner investigation. Weinberger did not reply to a tweet for remark directed at him.
Cantor additionally alleges within the grievance that former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, who beforehand labored as a commentator on the NFL Community and at the moment, ESPN, despatched her “sexually inappropriate feedback” by textual content.
And Eric Davis, additionally a former NFL Community commentator and present ESPN analyst, who performed within the NFL as a fullback, is accused of propositioning Cantor with vulgar language on a number of events.
“Additionally, whereas Plaintiff [Cantor] was engaged on set on a ladder, Mr. Davis grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, whereas saying, ‘I can’t deal with your a** it’s so luscious,'” the lawsuit learn.
“We’re investigating and McNabb and Davis won’t seem on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” ESPN informed BuzzFeed Information. A consultant for McNabb did not return a request for remark, and Davis did not return a request for remark directed at him on Twitter.
Cantor’s preliminary swimsuit claimed wrongful termination following her firing from the community in 2016. The corporate claimed she had stolen garments, an accusation she denies.
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