It started in hollywood, moved to politics, then media…and now is hitting the world of sports.
Sexual assault allegations are springing up now on a daily basis, so it was only a matter of time before we would see pro athletes accused of sexual misconduct.
In this case, five former NFL players have been accused by one wardrobe stylist.
Now, it seems as if the latest allegations have struck the sports world with the NFL Network and ESPN having suspended five former football players, including Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, due to allegations in a court filing accusing them of repeated sexual harassment. Other ex-players named in the suit include Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, who along with Faulk were suspended by the NFL Network, as well as Eric Davis, who along with McNabb were suspended from ESPN.
Both the NFL Network and ESPN say they are investigating the allegations and that the NFL stars in question have been suspended with pay.
According to CNN, the suit was filed in California superior court in Los Angeles by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network, and listed the following complaints:
Faulk fondled Cantor’s breasts, invited her to his hotel room and pulled out his genitals in front of her and asked, “when are you going to get on this already?” He also is alleged to have pinned her to the wall and demanded oral sex while he pulled down his pants.
Ike Taylor allegedly sent Cantor inappropriate pictures of himself including a nude video of him masturbating in the shower.
Heath Evans allegedly sent Cantor nude pictures of himself on at least two separate occasions, told her “you’re making me horny,” and that he “needed to get in you deep and hard.”
Sapp allegedly gave Cantor sex toys as a Christmas gift three years in a row, and showed her nude photos of women he said he had slept with. She said when the network required her to work in the men’s bathroom preparing clothes, Sapp also allegedly came in and urinated in front of her.
Eric Davis is accused of sliding his hand between Cantor’s legs, grabbing her, rubbing up against her and making lewd comments to her. She alleges when she once slapped his hand away he aggressively told her never to push his hand away again.
Donovan McNabb is accused of sending inappropriate text messages.
Cantor’s lawsuit also alleges that her complaints were dismissed by the NFL Network’s talent coordinator as she was told “It’s part of the job when you look the way you do.”
One non-athlete, former executive producer Eric Weinberger, was also named in Cantor’s suit and has since been suspended by his new employer The Ringer.
Weinberger is alleged to have also sent Cantor nude photos of himself and pressed his crotch against her shoulder, asking her to touch him He is also alleged to have touched her crotch, groped her breasts and to have reached down her pants to “check if she was wearing underwear.”
Weinberger has been suspended.
“These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation,” the site said in a statement.
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