Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis suspended by ESPN

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles calls out signals at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)             Library Tag   08152010   Sports
Donovan McNabb calls out signals at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. –Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, former NFL players who host shows on ESPN Radio, were suspended by the network Tuesday morning as the fallout continued from a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment and assault.

“We are investigating and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.

NFL Network on Monday suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation,” in response to the suit.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee, Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises, the league’s media arm that operates the network, in Los Angeles Superior Court in October, claiming age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination, among other complaints.


Eric Weinberger, president of the Bill Simmons Media Group and a former NFL Network executive, was suspended by the media group as a result of allegations made about him in the lawsuit.

Cantor worked as a wardrobe stylist for the network from 2006 until she was fired in October 2016.

In the complaint, Cantor said 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; that Davis made lewd comments and groped her; and that McNabb sent her sexually inappropriate text messages.

Davis also regularly appears on Fox Sports; a spokesman there didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. McNabb left the NFL Network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015.

The lawsuit also said that Cantor had been harassed by former NFL player and ex-NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, as well as by the former network employee Marc Watts. Sapp was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested on charges of assault and soliciting prostitution.


NFL Network declined to comment beyond its initial statement announcing the suspensions. Representatives for Faulk, Evans and Taylor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.