ESPN has suspended NFL analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, following the filing of a lawsuit (first reported by Bloomberg) by Jami Cantor — a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network — which accuses both men of sexual harassment.“We are investigating and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” an ESPN spokesperson said in a statement (via The New York Times).The lawsuit accuses McNabb — the former star quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles — of sending harassing text messages to Cantor.In one message, McNabb allegedly wrote to the accuser (via Deadspin) that she, “looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked”As part of the lawsuit, three other retired players were suspended from the NFL Network — including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. Faulk, according to the filing, allegedly fondled Cantor’s breasts and exposed himself to her as he asked, “when are you going to get on this already?” (Via CNN Money.) ESPN Suspends Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations by Joe DePaolo | 2:34 pm, December 12th, 2017McNabb, Davis, and Faulk are all black—Jami Cantor is white. Also mentioned in the lawsuit—Warren Sapp, who is, again, black, and was fired earlier because he was actually arrested for soliciting prostitution and assault in Phoenix.The New York Times has more:
In the complaint, Cantor says that Faulk, a Hall of Fame running back, asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her and pulled out his genitals while demanding oral sex; that Evans, a former fullback, sent nude pictures and propositioned her; and that Taylor, a former cornerback, sent her a video that showed him masturbating. Cantor said that Weinberger, who left the network in 2015, groped her and put his crotch against her.
The lawsuit also said that Cantor had been harassed by the former N.F.L. players and ex-NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp, as well as by the former network employee Marc Watts. Sapp was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested for assault and soliciting prostitution. McNabb left the network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015.
“The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, said in an interview on Monday. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”
Heavy.com has a Five Fast Facts piece about the lawsuit and Cantor, the victim/accuser, and has photographs of the accused. It turns out one of the six ex-football players is white (Heath Evans) as is network executive Eric Weinberger. She was also harassed by talent coordinator Marc Watts, but he's black too.
Via Instapundit, where Ed Driscoll writes:
AND THUS, ESPN COMES FULL CIRCLE: ESPN Suspends Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations.Kind of ironic to see McNabb’s name in that headline, considering the tangential role he played in ESPN’s first declaration that conservatives were not invited to be fans of the NFL.What happened was the NFL, whose fans are older white male conservatives, hired Rush Limbaugh to be a color commentator. Then when he actually color commentated, everyone insisted he be fired. Donovan McNabb was a rare black quarterback, and Rush said
“I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team.”Steve Sailer explained this 2003: Rush Was Right, Of Course. But Why?