ESPN suspends former National Football League players over sexual allegations

13 December, 2017, 06:43 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist with the company from 2006 until she was sacked in October 2016, alleges age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination, among other complaints.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is being accused of sexual misconduct as part of a lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee.

According to a recently filed lawsuit, Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, has alleged that Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, and former NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger; groped her and made sexually explicit comments while she worked at the network.

Also named are former players and on-air personalities Eric Davis, Donavan McNabb, Warren Sapp, who gave Cantor a sex toy for Christmas three years in a row, according to the suit.

Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans have all been suspended by the NFL Network while Cantor's claims are investigated. Cantor also noted that Weinberger said on one occasion that she was "put on earth to pleasure me" and pressed his crotch against her, asking her to touch it.

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Cantor's suit alleges that Faulk groped her breasts and behind and asked her "invasive questions" about her sex life.

The lawsuit accuses McNabb - the former star quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles - of sending harassing text messages to Cantor.

McNabb co-hosts a show on ESPN Radio and also occasionally appears on First Take, while Davis co-hosts a show on ESPN Radio from Los Angeles. "These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today". McNabb left the NFL Network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November '15. Bill Simmons could not be reached for comment by Bloomberg regarding Weinberger's role in his company. The wrongful termination suit mentions sexual harassment, but it does not name any names or describe any incidents in detail.

Late on Monday, The Ringer placed Weinberger on leave indefinitely. Cantor alleges all five former players sexually harassed her during her time at the network. Taylor, hired in 2015, works primarily on "NFL Now". Evans played for four teams across 10 seasons, winning a championship with the New Orleans Saints in 2010.

Faulk, who is a seven-time Pro Bowler, won the Super Bowl with the Rams and retired in 2007.

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