You may have been offended by the NFL Network’s commentary and political lean over the past few years, for instance how the network repeatedly said “Tim Tebow is not an NFL quarterback” while Tebow was clearly playing quarterback in the NFL.
NFL Network hasn’t been as political as ESPN, though. Most viewers have been ignoring them just like they ignore the NFL.
But the NFL Network has ALL eyes on it now…and for all the wrong reasons.
The network has suspended at least 3 pundits and ex-NFL players over sexual misconduct allegations. Reportedly Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb, Heath Evans and others groped, sent nude photos to, and made lewd, suggestive remarks toward a female colleague without her consent.
An executive producer at the network is also thought to have assaulted or inappropriately fondled the woman, a long-time NFL Network employee, in his office.
More from ABC News:
The NFL Network has suspended three analysts, including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, after an ex-wardrobe stylist for the network filed suit over sexual harassment on Monday.
The woman, Jami Cantor, alleges a number of offenses by NFL Enterprises in the lawsuit, including sexual harassment, age discrimination, wrongful termination, and unfair business practices.
Bloomberg was first to acquire the lawsuit.
“This is a severe case and I think my client is extremely courageous in coming forward,” Laura Horton, Cantor’s lawyer, said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the national conversation regarding sexual harassment over the last 60-90 days and I hope the conversation continues.
The three players named in the suit who are still employed by the NFL Network, which is owned by the league, were suspended Monday.
“Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations,” Alex Riethmiller, vice president of communications for NFL Media, said in a statement.
The lawsuit also makes allegations against ex-NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger, who now works for Bill Simmons Media Group. Allegations against Weinberger include sending Cantor nude pictures and explicit texts, groping her and pressing his crotch against her shoulder.
Cantor was 51 when she was fired by NFL Network on Oct. 10, 2016. She started working there around 2006, according to the filing.
Cantor alleges Faulk regularly asked about her sex life, groped her and once pinned her against a wall while he pulled his pants down. Both Taylor and Evans are accused of sending her nude pictures on multiple occasions.
Ex-NFL Network employees and players Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis and Warren Sapp are also named in the lawsuit.
McNabb, who starred for the Philadelphia Eagles, is alleged to have sent sexually inappropriate text messages. Davis, she says, repeatedly discussed sex in front of Cantor and propositioned her.
Did you ever feel like you knew some of the people in pro sports? Especially members of the Hall of Fame laughing and talking on TV?
Those days are over.