Heath Evans, top left, Ike Taylor, bottom left, and Marshall Faulk, bottom middle, are accused by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor of sexually harassing her.
A former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network has accused several retired NFL players and a network executive of sexual misconduct in an amended lawsuit filed in court.
Jami L. Cantor said in her lawsuit that Eric Weinberger, who currently works as the president of The Ringer, attempted to sexually assault her and sent sexually-explicit photos to her. She also accused on-air talent at NFL Network, such as Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, of acting inappropriately in the workplace and sexually harassing her on several occasions.
Cantor was hired at NFL Network in 2006, but was fired after a decade of working there after she was accused of stealing clothes.
Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuit and Cantor:
1. Cantor Accuses Multiple Retired NFL Players of Sexually Harassing & Assaulting Her
Executive producer Eric Weinberger, right, speaks onstage at the Variety’s Sports Entertainment Breakfast presented by Mercedes-Benz at Vibiana on July 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Cantor was hired in 2006 and worked at the NFL Network’s studio in Culver City. Part of her job duties included building a closet full of clothes that on-air talent wear during shows on the network, her lawsuit said.
Cantor filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles Superior County on December 11 against several former NFL players, the president of a sports media group and NFL Enterprises, Bloomberg reported. The group of reitred players named in the suit includes Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans. The executive named in the suit is Eric Weinberger, who currently works as the president of Bill Simmons’ media group.
During the time that Cantor worked as a wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, she said in her suit that Weinberger sent her “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts.” Cantor accused Weinberger of telling her that she “was put on earth to pleasure (Weinberger),” adding that he once pressed his crotch against her shoulder and asked her to touch it.
Cantor alleges that Faulk, the former running back for the St. Louis Rams, would consistently ask her “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life. She also accused Faulk of fondling her breasts and groping her butt in the lawsuit.
Taylor, who played cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is accused in the lawsuit of sending her inappropriate photos of himself and a video of him masturbating in the shower.
McNabb, who most notably played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, is accused in the suit of texting her explicit comments.
2. Cantor Is Seeking Damages for Unjustly Being Fired From the Network After She Was Accused of Stealing Clothes
Cantor originally filed a wrongful termination lawsuit for an unspecified amount against NFL Network in October. She claimed that she was discriminated against while working there for her sex/gender in addition to being sexually harassed, thus creating a “hostile work environment.”
“They would touch her butt, breasts, point to their private parts in front of her,” the lawsuit said.
“I can’t handle your (butt), it is so luscious,” Cantor claimed that a text message sent to her from an employee said.
The lawsuit alleges that the network never reimbursed her for purchases she made on her credit card of clothes she purchased for employees at the network she was assigned to dress. Additionally, Cantor is seeking damages for her bosses’ failure to do anything regarding her complaints.
“Nothing was done in response to plaintiff’s complaints,” Cantor’s lawsuit alleges. “Instead, NFL made it more difficult for plaintiff to do her job by increasing her work load and cutting her hours.”
Cantor was fired from the network in October 2016 after she was accused of stealing clothing from another employee, although a video inside the studio shows that she took nothing, she said in her suit.
3. Faulk, Taylor & Evans Have Been Suspended Pending an Investigation Into Cantor’s Allegations
Former NFL player Marshall Faulk looks on during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day at the Prudential Center on January 28, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.
A majority of those mentioned in the lawsuit didn’t return a request from Bloomberg for comment in the story about the lawsuit, but NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said that Faulk, Taylor and Evans were suspended from their duties as a full investigation into Cantor’s allegations has been launched.
Cantor’s lawsuit against the former NFL players and network come at a time when numerous sexual misconduct allegations have been made public. It started with dozens of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing and assaulting them, which spurred the creation of the #MeToo hashtag. Since then, swarms of allegations have surfaced against many prominent people in Hollywood, media, politics and sports.
On December 6, TIME Magazine named “The Silence Breakers,” those who broke their silence in their allegations against the prominent men, as its 2017 Person of the Year.
4. Cantor Once Worked at a Mall as a Personal Shopper
A December 1996 article in The Los Angeles Times said that Cantor once worked as a personal shopper at The Oaks mall. She typically worked at the mall two days per week, the story said, but the Christmas season was a lot more hectic and became a “second home” for her.
The article followed Cantor around the mall as she seamlessly navigated her way through stores in search of several items on customers’ Christmas lists. She received high praises from her clients, The Times article noted.
“I’ve already referred (Cantor) to two people,” real estate broker Francine Penich told the newspaper.
5. Cantor Also Worked as an Art Gallery Manager in Los Angeles
Before working at the mall, Cantor graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and worked as an interior designer for several homes and offices. After that, she worked as the manager of an art gallery in Beverly Hills during the early 1990s, and that’s when she found out that she wanted to be a personal shopper. She told The Times that she’d get compliments from people on her wardrobe, and people often asked where she purchased her things from.
Cantor is a native of Westlake Village and attended White Oak Elementary School, The Times story said. She has three children, Zach, Karli and Brandy. Her daughter Karli, according to her social media accounts, at one point worked as a video editor for NFL Network.