NFL Net Suspends Marshall Faulk, Other Analysts Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
NFL Network has "suspended a trio of analysts," including Pro Football HOFer Marshall Faulk, after "allegations of sexual harassment by a former co-worker," according to Holman & Soshnick of BLOOMBERG NEWS. Faulk, along with analysts Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, "allegedly groped and made sexually explicit comments to female colleague Jami Cantor, ... a former wardrobe stylist" at the network. NFL Media Group VP/Communications Alex Riethmiller said that Faulk, Taylor and Evans have been "suspended from their duties pending an investigation into the allegations." The allegations by Cantor against the retired players and Eric Weinberger -- who is currently Bill Simmons Media Group President -- are "part of a lawsuit against NFL Enterprises" in L.A. Superior Court. Cantor said Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts.” Faulk "would ask Cantor 'deeply personal and invasive questions' about her sex life and fondled her breasts and groped her behind." Cantor said that she "complained about the sexual advances" from the former players to NFL Dir of Media Talent Marc Watts, but he "did nothing" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 12/11). USA TODAY's A.J. Perez reports Cantor was "forced to work in the men's restroom during her tenure at NFL Network and alleged Warren Sapp," who was fired after a '15 arrest for "soliciting a prostitute, urinated in front of her." She "protested, but Sapp allegedly laughed off the incident" (USATODAY.com, 12/12). In N.Y., Kevin Draper reports Weinberger was suspended by Bill Simmons Media Group "as a result of allegations made about him." The allegations are the "latest in a string of bad news for the NFL" (NYTIMES.com, 12/12). ESPN's Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis were also listed in the complaint stemming from their time at NFL Net, and ESPN VP/Communications Josh Krulewitz confirmed neither will "appear on our networks" as an investigation proceeds. 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 L.A. (USATODAY.com, 12/12).