NFL Network suspends Marshall Faulk and 2 others over sexual assault allegations

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NFL analyst Marshall Faulk waits to speak during a halftime show. –AP Photo/Frank Victores

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NFL Network has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced late Monday.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit by the former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October, alleging age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, among other complaints. Cantor worked as a wardrobe stylist for the network from 2006 until she was fired in October 2016.

On Monday, Cantor filed an amended complaint that more fully laid out the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the three analysts, all former NFL players.

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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.

“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.”

NFL Network declined to comment beyond its initial statement announcing the suspensions.

The lawsuit and suspensions were first reported by Bloomberg News.