Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk was among three NFL Network analysts suspended Monday night in response to a new filing in a lawsuit brought by former wardrobe stylist.
Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans will remain suspended “pending an investigation into these allegations,” NFL Network said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. Jami Cantor, who worked at the network for a decade, described a series of sexually inappropriate encounters with the three along with several former NFL players and others who have worked for NFL Network, including Donovan McNabb, Warrren Sapp and Eric Davis.
“I think Jami Cantor is a very courageous woman, as all women coming forward in this #metoo movement,” Laura Horton, Cantor’s lawyer, told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. “All these women are courageous. These women have had the courage to step up knowing that, in the past at least, it would be a ‘he said, she said’ situation until we’ve had this national conversation.
The allegations came in an amended complaint that is part of a civil lawsuit originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Cantor in October. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified general and punitive damages, alleges age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment that created a hostile work environment, wrongful termination and defamation.
Cantor alleged that Faulk, who has been one of the NFL Network’s top analysts for about a decade, greeted her by “fondling her breasts and groping her behind,” according to the complaint. Faulk “became more aggressive,” including one instance where he allegedly invited Cantor to his hotel room where she witnessed him expose his genitals and made sexually suggestive remarks.
Cantor also claimed Taylor forwarded “sexually inappropriate” pictures of himself, according to the filing. Horton said that she has a copy of a video sent to Cantor that allegedly shows Taylor exposing himself in the shower.
McNabb, who is currently an ESPN employee, made sexually inappropriate comments via text, asking about a specific sex act multiple times.
ESPN did not immediately respond to a message left by USA TODAY Sports on the allegations made against McNabb. Representatives for Evans, Faulk and Taylor did not immediately reply to requests for comment Tuesday morning.
The amended complaint also alleged a top executive at Bill Simmons’ media group, Eric Weinberger, of inappropriate conduct. Weinberger, who worked at NFL Network as an executive producer before joining Simmons at The Ringer, allegedly “pressed his crotch against” Cantor and asked her to “touch it,” according to the filing. He also allegedly made several sexually suggestive comments.
A spokesman for The Ringer told USA TODAY Sports in a statement that Weinberger has been placed on leave pending an investigation.