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December 12, 2017

Former NFL employee accuses Donovan McNabb, multiple network analysts of sexual harassment

Jami Cantor, a former employee at the NFL Network, has accused several show hosts and ex-players of sexual harassment, including former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

McNabb, who formerly worked at NFL Network as an analyst but had since moved on to ESPN, has been suspended from ESPN due to the allegations. Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch tweeted ESPN's announcement of both McNabb's and Eric Davis' suspension.

Bloomberg first reported Cantor’s complaint, filed Monday, which recounts specific allegations against former players who work at the network as analysts, including McNabb, Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk, and Ike Taylor, as well as Eric Weinberger, current president of Bill Simmons’ media group.

Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, said McNabb, while working at the network, texted her lewd and explicit comments. Deadspin highlighted some allegations of the complaint, including specific texts sent by McNabb.

Among the texts received from McNabb, the complaint reads, were messages “asking the Plaintiff if she was a ‘squirter,’” and telling the Plaintiff she ‘looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked.’”

According to the complaint, McNabb also texted Cantor to “CUM to dinner with me” and “why don’t you CUM over after work.”

The complaint also details incidents of alleged harassment from the other men, alleging Weinberger sent Cantor several nude and explicit photos and told her she was “put on this earth to pleasure me,” as well as forced groping.

Faulk, Taylor, and Evans have been suspended, pending investigation, as analysts at the network. Cantor alleged Faulk groped her and pinned her against a wall to force oral sex from her, and Taylor has been accused of sending her explicit photos and videos, including one of him masturbating. Evans is accused in court documents of also sending Cantor nude photos and making inappropriate comments.

Two more former analysts who have since left the network – Davis and Warren Sapp – also are names in the lawsuit. Davis accused of lewd behavior and groping, and Warren Sapp, allegedly urinated in front of Cantor, gave her sex toys as Christmas gifts, and sent her inappropriate photos.

In October, Cantor, 51, was fired by the network and replaced by a younger employee, who was 30 at the time, prompting her to file for wrongful termination. According to Bloomberg, Cantor had previously complained about the harassment to Marc Watts, the NFL Network's talent coordinator, but was told, “It’s part of the job when you look the way you do.”