The last thing the NFL needs at this critical time, is to be seen in a negative light…..in any type of way. The NFL, who has been trying to clean up their image since the infamous “Ray Rice elevator incident”, has recently become a target of the president of the United States over player protest. The negativity from the attack by the president was just starting to die down a little bit, and then this happens.
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, the NFL Network has suspended on air analysts Marshal Faulk, Heath Evans, and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced Monday night. “Pending an investigation” probably means that the trio are going to soon be fired, if the allegations are found to hold just a shred of credibility.
The allegations were made by NFL Network employee, Jami Cantor. Cantor alleges age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, and wrongful termination among other complains she filed in a lawsuit. Cantor is suing NFL Enterprises, the branch of the NFL that runs the leagues media operations and also operates the NFL Network, which is a product of the NFL, not an individual proprietor or group like other sports networks. This lawsuit and these allegations are connected directly to the NFL by way of the network the league owns and operates.
Cantor worked as a wardrobe stylist for the network from 2006 until she was fired in October of 2016. In her complaint, Cantor alleges that former running back and current analyst, Marshal Faulk asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her, and pulled out his genitals while demanding oral sex. Cantor alleges that former full back and current analyst, Heath Evans sent her nude pictures and propositioned her for sex. And Cantor alleges that former corner back and current analyst, Ike Taylor sent her a video that showed him masturbating. Cantor also said that former NFL Network Executive, Eric Weinberger, who left the Network in 2015, groped her and put his crotch against her. Cantor’s lawsuit also goes into sexual harassment allegations against other former NFL Network employees and former football players, including Donovan Mcnabb, Warren Sapp, and former employee Mark Watts.