NFL Community has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the community introduced late Monday.
The allegations had been made in a lawsuit by a former NFL Community worker, Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises, the league’s media arm that operates the community, in Los Angeles Superior Court docket in October, alleging age and intercourse discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work surroundings, and wrongful termination, amongst different complaints.
Eric Weinberger, the president of the Invoice Simmons Media Group and a former NFL Community govt, was suspended by the media group because of allegations made about him within the lawsuit.
“These are very critical and disturbing allegations that we had been made conscious of immediately,” a spokesman for the Invoice Simmons Media Group mentioned in an announcement. “We’re inserting Eric on go away indefinitely till we’ve got a greater understanding of what transpired throughout his time on the N.F.L., and we are going to conduct our personal inner investigation.”
Cantor labored as a wardrobe stylist for the community from 2006 till she was fired in October 2016. She filed an amended criticism on Monday that extra absolutely laid out the allegations of sexual harassment and assault in opposition to the three analysts, all former N.F.L. gamers.
Within the criticism, Cantor says that Faulk, a Corridor of Fame operating again, requested private questions on her intercourse life, fondled her and pulled out his genitals whereas demanding oral intercourse; that Evans, a former fullback, despatched nude photos and propositioned her; and that Taylor, a former cornerback, despatched her a video that confirmed him masturbating. Cantor mentioned that Weinberger, who left the community in 2015, groped her and put his crotch in opposition to her.
The lawsuit additionally mentioned that Cantor had been harassed by the previous N.F.L. gamers and ex-NFL Community analysts Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp, in addition to by the previous community worker Marc Watts. Sapp was fired from the community in 2015 after being arrested for assault and soliciting prostitution. McNabb left the community in 2013, however later misplaced a job with Fox Sports activities after pleading responsible to drunken driving in November 2015.
“The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors noticed it,” Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, mentioned in an interview on Monday. “It was insidious on this specific surroundings.”
NFL Community declined to remark past its preliminary assertion asserting the suspensions. Representatives for Faulk, Evans and Taylor didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
All three gamers had lengthy and profitable N.F.L. careers that included a Tremendous Bowl title. Faulk, a seven-time Professional Bowler who performed for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams, received the Tremendous Bowl with the Rams after the 1999 season and retired in 2007. Taylor spent his complete 12-year profession with the Pittsburgh Steelers, successful two Tremendous Bowl titles earlier than retiring in 2015. Evans performed for 4 groups throughout 10 seasons, successful a championship with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He retired in 2011.
The lawsuit and suspensions are the most recent in a wave of sexual harassment scandals which have led to firings and resignations of highly effective males throughout a variety of industries after a New York Instances investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and abuse in opposition to the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Although they aren’t the primary accusations to hit the sports activities world — Fox Sports activities fired the manager Jamie Horowitz after claims of sexual misconductin July, the previous main league catcher Gregg Zaun was fired from his job as an analyst after inappropriate behavior, and the previous N.F.L. quarterback Warren Moon was accused of harassment final week — they’re definitely essentially the most high-profile thus far.
They’re additionally the most recent in a string of dangerous information for the N.F.L. This season has seen continued protests through the nationwide anthem, a bruising fightamong house owners over the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, a protracted lawsuit over the suspension of Cowboys operating again Ezekiel Elliott after he was accused of home violence, and falling tv rankings.