Five former NFL players — three who work for the NFL Network and two for ESPN — have been suspended following a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee.
Jami Cantor — a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL-owned channel — made allegations against Ike Taylor, Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, and Eric Davis in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against the league’s media arm, NFL Enterprises.
The lawsuit was initially filed in October, with alleged complaints including age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and wrongful termination. An amended complaint was added Monday, containing more detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by the men.
Cantor’s alleges that Faulk, a Hall of Fame running back, asked “deeply personal” questions about her sex life, fondled her, and pulled down his pants and demanded oral sex, according to the suit filed on Monday.
Cantor’s lawyer didn’t respond to requests for more information.
Cantor alleges that Faulk also “groped her from behind,” and over time, became more aggressive, “stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her” in a hotel room. “He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down,” the suit read.
“Also, while Plaintiff [Cantor] was working on set on a ladder, Mr Davis grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, while saying, ‘I can’t handle your a** it is so luscious,'” the lawsuit read.
“We are investigating and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” ESPN told BuzzFeed News. A representative for McNabb didn’t return a request for comment, and Davis didn’t return a request for a comment directed at him on Twitter.
Cantor’s initial suit claimed wrongful termination following her firing from the network in 2016. The company claimed she had stolen clothes, an accusation she denies.