A wrongful dismissal lawsuit has hit the sports world with some of its first high-profile sexual misconduct claims since the #MeToo movement was sparked. Jami Cantor, a wardrobe stylist fired by NFL Network in 2016, claims she was harassed by players-turned-analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor, Eric Davis, Donovan McNabb, and Warren Sapp, reports USA Today. Cantor, who worked for NFL Network for a decade, says Faulk invited her to his hotel room where he exposed his genitals and made sexually suggestive comments. She says he also greeted her by "fondling her breasts and groping her behind." Cantor alleges Taylor sent her "sexually inappropriate" photos and a video of him masturbating in the shower, per Bloomberg, while Sapp allegedly urinated in front of her, showed her nude photos of women, and gave her sex toys.
Faulk, Evans, and Taylor were suspended by NFL Network Monday pending an investigation. ESPN, which now employs Davis and McNabb, says neither will appear on its networks while the NFL investigates. Former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger is also now on leave at The Ringer. Cantor says Weinberger sent her "nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts" and once "pressed his crotch against" her, asking her to "touch it." Cantor says talent coordinator Marc Watts failed to respond to her complaints, telling her, "It's part of the job when you look the way you do." Her claims were included in an amended lawsuit filed Monday, accusing NFL Network of sex and age discrimination related to Cantor's 2016 firing. Cantor notes she was 51 when she was replaced by a 30-year-old. NFL Network claims Cantor stole clothes.