NFL Network: Jami Cantor, accuser, consented to behavior she alleges was sexual harassment
The NFL Network is getting defensive over sexual assault claims.
The method they are taking: accuser Jami Cantor consented to the behavior she claims in a lawsuit occurred during her decade working at the network.
The network says they have taken steps to ensure any questionable behavior won't happen again.
Furthermore, it claims Cantor's claim of wrongful termination is incorrect. According to the network, Cantor was fired in 2016 for a legitimate reason.
Cantor became a wardrobe stylist for NFL Enterprises in 2006 and claims that during her tenure there NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, along with former stars Donovan McNabb, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor and Warren Sapp all sexually harassed her.
Faulk would "fondle her breasts" and grab her from behind while greeting her.
Cantor says Sapp once urinated in front of her in a bathroom and told her, "Sorry mama, but your office shouldn't be our s---ter."
The alleged verbal abuse doesn't end there.
Evans is accused of saying he "needed to get in (Cantor) deep and hard" because she made him "horny."
McNabb, while hosting a radio show, allegedly sent Cantor inappropriate text messages.
The former Eagles quarterback, along with Eric Davis, was fired after Cantor and another past female employee leveled the sexual assault claims.
Faulk, Taylor and Evans were all suspended as a result of a different investigation.
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Jami Cantor, an ex-wardrobe stylist for the NFL, filed a lawsuit against 7 NFL execs, broadcasters, and football players, according to TMZ.
The NFL Network hired Cantor as a wardrobe stylist in 2006. According to Bloomberg, her job duties included building a closet full of clothes that on-air talent wore during shows on the network. TMZ reported that Cantor says she was "subjected to ongoing and continuing sexual harassment by current and former on-air talent."
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Cantor named Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb, Heath Evans, Eric Davis, and Eric Weinberger in her suit. As of December 11, 2017, the NFL suspended the five men who were still active on the network.
Here are the facts and details about Cantor's alleged sexual harassment and assault.
1. She was fired by the NFL Network in 2016.
According to Bloomberg, she first filed a wrongful termination suit in October 2017 after she was fired and replaced by a 30-year-old. The NFL claims Cantor was fired for stealing clothes, though her lawsuit claims there is video proof that Cantor is innocent. “If they would have looked at the video they would have seen that (Cantor) did not steal any clothes,” says the lawsuit. Her lawyer told Bloomberg, “it’s outrageous conduct and I fully intend to hold the NFL Network responsible.”
2. Cantor complained about sexual harassment while employed by the NFL Network.
According to Bloomberg, Cantor complained to the talent coordinator Mark Walton, who told her the actions were "part of the job" because of the way she looked. Bloomberg reports that she also complained about poor working conditions at the network, specifically failure to reimburse her expenses and lack of compensation for her work. Instead of addressing her complaints, Heavy claims the NFL made it worse "by increasing her workload and cutting her hours.”
3. She's accused Hall of Famer and broadcaster Marshall Faulk of various acts of sexual assault.
According to TMZ, Marshall Faulk asked about personal information about Cantor's sex life, including questions about which sex positions she preferred, if she dated black men, and her preferences on oral sex. Bloomberg also reports Faulk groped her breasts and buttocks. The lawsuit claims that "as time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, 'when are you gonna get on this already?' He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down." An NFL representative told Bloomberg that Faulk has been suspended from the network.
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4. Ike Taylor, Heath Evans, and Eric Weinberger sent provocative photos to Cantor.
Taylor, Evans, and Weinberger took graphic photos of themselves and sent it to Cantor. Taylor recorded himself masturbating while he was in a shower and sent the video to Cantor, according to her lawsuit. Evans made comments harassing to Cantor including “you’re making me horny” and that he “needed to get in you deep and hard.” The NFL Network suspended Evans and Taylor, and Weinberger's current media properties have suspended him as well.
5. Warren Sapp urinated in front of Cantor and gave her sex toys.
According to the suit, Sapp entered a restroom Cantor was preparing clothes in and urinated while she was still there. According to TMZ, when Cantor asked him to leave, Sapp responded, "sorry mama, but your office shouldn't be our sh*tter." He's also accused of gifting Cantor sex toys for three Christmases in a row.
6. Donovan McNabb allegedly sent graphic texts to Cantor.
According to TMZ, McNabb messaged Cantor asking if "she was a squirter" and telling her she "looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked."
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Breaking Down the Disturbing Details, Implications of NFL Network Sexual Harassment Claims
As the “#MeToo” movement has empowered victims of sexual harassment and assault to speak up, a number of prominent individuals in the business, entertainment, media and political worlds—most notably Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey—have been implicated. On Tuesday, several noteworthy figures in the sports broadcasting world were also implicated. Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against NFL Enterprises. In it, she names producers and on-air talent as subjecting her to unlawful discrimination and retaliation. Those named include former executive producer Eric Weinberger, who is now president of the Bill Simmons Media Group, as well as current and former on-air TV analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Warren Sapp and Heath Evans.
Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor Suspended by NFL Network After Sexual Harassment Claim
Cantor, whom the NFL Network fired for allegedly stealing property and who filed an original (and less detailed) complaint in October, demands financial compensation for non-economic injuries related to mental suffering, emotional anguish and humiliation as well as economic injuries for loss of wages, salary, benefits, back pay, front pay and future lost income and benefits. Bloomberg first reported on Cantor's suit.
Lawsuit depicts the NFL Network workplace as sexist, ageist and abusive
The details shared in Cantor’s amended complaint are deeply disturbing. Before describing them, it is worth noting that they are allegations at this stage and have not—yet—been proven in court. With that caveat in mind, Cantor, through her attorneys Laura Horton and Flor Dery, levels serious accusations against her former employer. For example, she charges that Weinberger sent her nude pictures and would also text her with comments such as saying she “was put on earth to pleasure [him].” Cantor also contends that Evans sent her nude photos. If Cantor possesses these texts, it would be very powerful evidence of discrimination and a hostile work environment.
Other allegations in Cantor’s complaint are based not on physical or electronic evidence but rather on her recollections of events and conversations. For instance, she claims that Faulk would ask her “deeply personal and invasive questions about [her] sex life, such as her favorite sex position, whether she liked oral sex, and whether she dated black men.” Cantor also asserts that Faulk would greet her by “fondling her breasts and groping her behind.”
Cantor also recalls Sapp urinating in front of her in the restroom and telling her “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our s****er.” Further, she claims that Evans would make sexually inappropriate comments to her, such as “you’re making me horny,” and that he “needed to get in you deep and hard.” Cantor charges that her complaints about this alleged misconduct did not lead to corrective action. Cantor's recitation of facts also implicates Eric Davis and Donovan McNabb, both of whom host radio shows on ESPN Radio. Davis, Cantor asserts, made lewd comments around her while McNabb allegedly sent her inappropriate texts.
Cantor’s employment with the NFL Network ended in October 2016, when she was fired after being accused of stealing clothes. Cantor categorically denies the accusation and insists that the NFL Network fired her as punishment for not going along with the abuse. Cantor also contends that the NFL Network has defamed her and made it difficult for her to obtain other work. Further, Cantor points out that her age is relevant in how she was treated: she was 51 years old when fired and was replaced by a 30-year-old employee.
Understanding Cantor’s legal claims
Cantor’s amended complaint contains 11 “causes of action,” also known as claims. Most of the claims contend that Cantor was subjected to discrimination on the basis of her gender and age, or that she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile workplace. She also includes a claim for defamation.
In arguing that she was subjected to discrimination, Cantor charges that she was treated less favorably than others because of her gender and age. NFL Network supervisors and employees, Cantor asserts, conspired to engage in such discrimination. Their “cold” and “callous” misconduct, Cantor claims, was designed to both humiliate and degrade her and to bully her into submission. Cantor also highlights that even NFL Network supervisors who themselves did not partake in misconduct were either aware of it happening or should have been aware. They, Cantor stresses, “failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.” From a legal standpoint, Cantor’s lawsuit would more likely prevail if she can prove that she alerted her supervisors about misconduct and they ignored or downplayed her concerns.
Evidence also matters. As mentioned above, if Cantor possesses the implicating texts sent by her male co-workers, she would have a powerful argument that her gender led to disparate—and hostile—treatment. Cantor also believes that pretrial discovery would lead to evidence showing that she was not the only victim. She believes there has been a “a statistically significant disparate impact on persons [who work at the NFL Network] based on their age and/or sex/gender.” A claim about a hostile work environment is normally strengthened if it can be shown that similarly situated employees were subjected to similarly unlawful treatment.
Cantor also stresses that the NFL Network retaliated against her for complaining. She contends that being subjected to “bullying, humiliating, mocking, and belittling” did not lead to corrective action. Eventually, as Cantor retells it, she suffered the ultimate form of workplace relationship: she was fired under false and libelous pretenses.
As to her defamation claim, Cantor charges that the NFL Network has made false representations about her to third persons. Such representations, Cantor asserts, include “accusations that Plaintiff violated company policies, stole company property, and nobody should work with her.” Cantor contends that such defamatory badmouthing has led to a reputation of her in the industry as a “dishonest and bad employee.” Whether Cantor possesses actual evidence of defamation remains to be seen. Texts, emails and witness statements from persons with whom NFL Network employees communicated would likely be crucial in a trial.
NFL Network: it’s apparent decision to not (yet) settle and how it will respond
As a starting point, it is interesting that the NFL Network was apparently unable to reach a financial settlement with Cantor before she filed an amended complaint that “named names” and became newsworthy. It’s unclear whether the two sides engaged in settlement negotiations, but most likely they did and it is most likely the NFL Network was warned that names would become public unless a financial settlement was reached. Perhaps the NFL Network is certain that Cantor’s allegations are false or grossly exaggerative and that the network will prevail in court. However, if Cantor possesses the aforementioned texts, she would begin with powerful pieces of evidence. Also, even if her legal arguments are ultimately unproven in court they are nonetheless damaging in and of themselves—particularly in this current social climate. It seems that the NFL Network realizes that as it has suspended Faulk, Evans and Taylor in response to Cantor’s amended complaint and the media attention it is stirring.
The NFL Network offered a statement late Monday night on the allegations: “Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations.” An ESPN spokesperson also used similar language: "We are investigating and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds.“
In the coming weeks, the NFL Network will respond to Cantor’s amended complaint and will deny her claims. The NFL Network will also ask that the court dismiss Cantor’s lawsuit. If the lawsuit is not dismissed, the case would move to pretrial discovery where current and former NFL Network employees would have to testify under oath and share texts, emails and written notes. Depending on what is “discovered,” pretrial discovery could lead to serious embarrassment for individual persons associated with the NFL Network and possibly for persons associated with affiliated entities—most notably the NFL, which owns the NFL Network. The NFL Network would likely try to settle the case long before such pretrial discovery commences.
The NFL Network will also offer legal defenses. One likely defense will be to portray Cantor’s assertions as factually untrue or as grossly exaggerative. The NFL Network will contend that Cantor can’t show by a preponderance of evidence that any of her claims are true and that her conditions of employment never changed as a result of her interactions with male co-workers. Of course, if Cantor has the aforementioned texts, she begins with at least some damning evidence. If she can also establish her recollections of what NFL Network employees told her or acted around her, she would then obtain additional persuasive evidence of being subjected to discrimination and hostility. Cantor would likely need witnesses, such as former co-workers, to vouch for her recollections—otherwise it could lead to a “she said, he said” evidence problem where it may be unclear to jurors who is telling the truth.
The NFL Network might also bring up mitigating facts. For instance, the company probably has a workplace sexual harassment policy. If NFL Network employees were required to undergo training in the policy, the NFL Network could say that it took reasonable steps for an employer and that it should be judged accordingly. Such an argument would be strengthened if a workplace discrimination policy was actively enforced and if the network could show that there is a track record of employees being sanctioned when they violated the policy.
As an additional defense, the NFL Network might contend that Cantor erred from a procedural standpoint. For example, if Cantor knew that in order to file a sexual harassment complaint at the NFL Network she was obligated to inform the human resources department, but she instead notified a different department or her supervisor, the NFL Network might argue she did not take the necessary steps to notify the company.
The allegations impact multiple media organizations in the near term. Faulk appears on the network’s signature morning show, NFL GameDay Morning, and is one of the most prominent on-air faces. Evans has been part of NFL GameDay Live, which provides in-progress highlights and analysis, each Sunday during the season. McNabb works as a college football analyst for beIn Sports, a host on ESPN Radio and recently appeared as a guest last week on ESPN’s First Take. Davis works for ESPNLA Radio in Los Angeles and also was an NFL contributor to FS1 studio shows.
On Tuesday morning, a Ringer spokesperson issued this statement to SI.com: “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.”
SI.com will keep you updated on Cantor’s lawsuit and its aftermath.
Michael McCann is SI’s legal analyst. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O'Bannon of the forthcoming book Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA and My Life in Basketball.
Richard Deitsch is SI’s media columnist and he also contributed to this report.
Did the NFL Network Make a Mistake in Denying Sexual Harassment Allegations?
Attorneys retained by the NFL Network have answered a civil complaint filed by Jami Cantor, the network’s former wardrobe stylist who asserts that producers and on-air talent sexually harassed and terrorized her.
We previously analyzed Cantor’s complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in December. She accuses former executive producer Eric Weinberger as well as current and former on-air TV analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Warren Sapp, Heath Evans, Eric Davis and Donovan McNabb of a wide-range of misconduct. Cantor charges they collectively sent her nude photos, texted her with messages that propositioned her to have sex and made other unwanted advances of a sexual kind. She was ultimately fired for allegedly stealing clothing that belonged to the network (she argues her dismissal was retaliation for complaining about mistreatment).
In a filing made on Jan. 18, NFL Enterprises (which owns the NFL Network) repeatedly denied all of Cantor’s sexual harassment allegations. The response, which was authored by Proskauer Rose attorneys, offers a variety of common, cookie-cutter defenses typically articulated in answers.
For instance, the NFL Network asserts that Cantor failed to file her lawsuit within the allotted statute of limitations and also neglected to avail herself of remedies available through workers’ compensation. The NFL Network further charges that Cantor’s claims were not brought in good faith and that she acted with “unclean hands.” In fact, the NFL Network depicts Cantor as at fault, contending that she gave her “consent.” To the extent Cantor suffered any injuries, the league asserts that she is “solely” to blame.
On the surface, the NFL Network’s answer might seem grossly insensitive and tone deaf—especially considering the seriousness of Cantor’s allegations and the social context in which she has raised those allegations. We live in a time when mistreatment of women in the workplace has increasingly come to light. Those responsible for it are being named and, in some instances, suffering a professional cost.
But an attorney’s answer to a complaint should be viewed in its own context.
An answer to a complaint is a defendant’s chance to admit or deny the plaintiff’s allegations. If a defendant’s answer doesn’t deny a particular allegation or raise a particular defense, the opportunity to do so is usually forfeited. This is why answers tend to consist of numerous denials and a variety of defenses, some less plausible than others. Attorneys for the defendant know that in order to preserve both potential litigation strategies and negotiation leverage in settlement talks, answers must aggressively deny and defend. That is lawyering.
Attorneys are also accountable to their professional obligations as members of the bar. The rules of attorney professional conduct command that attorneys are “zealous” advocates for their clients. Along those lines, they are entrusted to aggressively assert their client's position. An attorney who fails to meet this standard can be sanctioned or face a malpractice lawsuit.
A better criticism of the NFL Network’s answer is to question why it even exists.
For reasons that are not entirely clear, the NFL Network has decided to litigate against Cantor rather than reach a settlement. The NFL has likely had opportunities to offer Cantor settlement terms that might have convinced her not to file a lawsuit and “name names.” For the NFL Network, the lawsuit itself is damaging. Even if the league ultimately prevails in court, damage has been done to the NFL Network’s brand. And it could get worse. Cantor, for instance, says she is in possession of damaging texts. If those texts become public through the case, the implicated NFL commentators—some of whom have been suspended—will suffer even more reputational harm.
On Dec. 12 the NFL Network offered a statement on the allegations: “Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations.” The same day, a spokesperson for The Ringer issued this statement to SI.com on Weinberger, who is now president of the Bill Simmons Media Group: “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.” On Jan. 5 ESPN announced it had fired McNabb and Davis, who worked as radio hosts for the network.
SI.com will keep you posted on any case developments.
Michael McCann is SI’s legal analyst. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O'Bannon of the forthcoming book Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA
Richard Deitsch is SI’s media columnist and he also contributed to this report.
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 December 11.
Jami L. Cantor accused Eric Weinberger, who currently works as the president of The Ringer, of trying to sexually assault her on at least one occasion and sending sexually-explicit photos to her. She also accused on-air talent — Marshall Faulk, Eric Davis, Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor — and at least one other employee at NFL Network of acting inappropriately in the workplace by sexually harassing and assaulting her on several occasions.
Cantor was hired at NFL Network in 2006, but was fired after a decade of working there when she was accused of stealing clothes. A makeup artist at NFL Network, Erin McParland, says that Cantor warned her she might be targeted when she started working there. McParland is accusing Davis and Michael Irvin of inappropriate behavior with her. On January 5, ESPN announced that it had “cut ties with Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis following a monthlong investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at another network.”
On August 8, 2018, Heath Evans posted a series of tweets alleging he was falsely accused. The NFL Network responded by saying he was terminated for his own “misconduct.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cantor Accuses Multiple Retired NFL Players of Sexually Harassing & Assaulting Her
Cantor was hired in 2006 and worked at the NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, California. Part of her job duties included building a closet full of clothes that on-air talent wore during shows on the network, her lawsuit said. She 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, as first reported by Bloomberg.
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.
During the time that Cantor worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network, Weinberger sent her “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts,” she said in her lawsuit. Cantor also accused Weinberger of telling her that she “was put on earth to pleasure (him),” adding that he once pressed his crotch against her shoulder and asked her to touch it.
The amended lawsuit, obtained by Deadspin, goes into far greater detail on the sexual misconduct 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.
Cantor alleges that Faulk, the former running back for the St. Louis Rams, asked her “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life on numerous occasions. She claims that Faulk asked her what her favorite sex position was, whether she was into oral sex and if she dated black men. She also accused Faulk in the lawsuit of fondling her breasts and groping her butt.
“Instead of saying good morning, Mr. Faulk greeted (Cantor) by fondling her breasts and groping her behind,” the lawsuit said. “As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting (Cantor) to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, ‘when are you gonna get on this already?'” the lawsuit said. “He also pinned (Cantor) against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.”
Running back Heath Evans of the New England Patriots rushes upfield against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on October 21, 2007 in Miami, Florida.
In the amended lawsuit, Evans, who played fullback for the New England Patriots, is accused of propositioning Cantor multiple times for sex and “repeatedly making lewd overtures.” Cantor said that Evans sent nude photos of himself to her “on at least two separate occasions.” She said in her lawsuit that Evans made several comments to her, including him saying that he “needed to get in (Cantor) deep and hard.”
GettyCornerback Eric Davis of the San Francisco 49ers looks on as he sits on the bench during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on September 24, 1994 in San Francisco.
Davis, a former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of coming into Cantor’s office asking for help with his clothes “so he could grab and push/rub his body” against Cantor, the lawsuit said. She said that Davis said various other sexually-explicit comments, including things like: “I want you so bad,” “my cock is so hard because of you right now” and “you look like you would be an animal in the sheets.”
“I can’t handle your (butt), it is so luscious,” Cantor claimed that a text message sent to her from Davis said.
Cantor said that on at least one occasion, Davis said that he wanted to “choke” her from behind until she “begged him to stop.” Things continued to escalate between Davis and Cantor, according to the suit. Cantor claims that one time while she was working on the set in the studio on a ladder, he grabbed her butt, sliding his hand in between her legs and touching her private area.
Former NFL player Ike Taylor visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3 in Houston, Texas.
Taylor, who played cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is accused in the lawsuit of sending Cantor sexually explicit photos of himself and a video of him masturbating in the shower.
Former professional football player Donovan McNabb attends the ‘Forgotten Four: The Integration Of Pro Football’ screening presented by EPIX & UCLA at Royce Hall, UCLA on September 9, 2014 in Westwood, California.
McNabb, who most notably played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, is accused in the suit of texting her explicit comments. Those include him allegedly asking her if she “was a squirter” and asking her to “CUM to dinner with him,” among other things.
Former NFL player Warren Sapp at the Rolling Stone Live: Houston presented by Budweiser and Mercedes-Benz on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Sapp, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was fired from the network for soliciting a prostitute in 2015, is accused of coming into the bathroom as Cantor was preparing a wardrobe and urinating in front of her despite her telling him to get out. According to the lawsuit, Sapp replied to Cantor: “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our shitter.”
Cantor also said that Sapp gifted her sex toys as Christmas gifts three-straight years and showed her nude images of women he’d slept with.
NFL Network’s talent coordinator Marc Watts is also named in the lawsuit as making sexually inappropriate comments about Cantor’s body and asking questions about her sex life. It claims that Cantor came forward to Watts with her complaints, but he didn’t do anything to resolve them.
“How many of these guys (talent) hit on you?” she claims he asked her. “I bet they all want to sleep with you. It’s part of the job when you look the way you do.”
Read about McParland’s accusations here:
2. Cantor Is Also 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 because of her sex/gender/age, 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.
Read the original lawsuit in the court document above.
The lawsuit further alleges that the network failed to reimburse her for purchases she made on her personal credit card for clothes intended for employees at the network who she was assigned to dress. There was no wardrobe budget for the clothes she was supposed to purchase, which meant oftentimes she “had to use her own clothes” or “set up studio accounts with department stores using her own credit card to buy clothes for the talent.” She accused the network of often forcing her to work off the clock without pay, never given a meal and rest breaks.
Additionally, Cantor is seeking damages for her bosses’ failure to do anything regarding her concerns.
“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.
“If they would have looked at the video they would have seen that (Cantor) did not steal any clothes,” the lawsuit said. “Instead, NFL (Network) continues to use (Cantor’s) personal wardrobe items to dress their talent.”
3. Faulk, Taylor & Evans Have Been Suspended Pending an Investigation Into Cantor’s Allegations
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 have now been suspended from their duties as a full investigation into Cantor’s allegations has been launched by the network. An ESPN spokesman also said that McNabb and Davis will not make further appearances on the network.
In response to the allegations against Weinberger, a Ringer spokesman released a statement saying that he’s on leave “indefinitely” as an internal investigation is conducted.
Cantor’s lawsuit against the former NFL players and network comes at a time when numerous sexual misconduct allegations against prominent figures 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, sports and more.
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 Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks, California. 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 despite having to perform her motherly duties with her three children.
The Times 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 her interest in being a personal shopper was piqued. She told The Times that she’d get compliments from people on her wardrobe, and they’d often ask her where she purchased her clothing 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.
NFL Network: Stylist ‘consented’ to being harassed
The NFL Network is trying to get a wrongful termination lawsuit by former stylist Jami Cantor (pictured) thrown out, saying she ‘consented’ to being sexually harassed by executives and on-air talent
The NFL Network is trying to get a sexual harassment lawsuit thrown out on the basis that their former stylist ‘consented’ to being groped and demeaned by on-air talent and executives.
Jami Cantor worked at the network for a decade before she was abruptly fired in October 2016, for what she says was a false accusation she stole clothing.
She filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company this past October, accusing them of age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
In a court filing on January 18, NFL Enterprises, the NFL Network’s parent company, denied all of Cantor’s allegations.
They argued that the case should be thrown out because Cantor ‘approved, consented to, authorized and/or ratified’ the sexually explicit behavior.
They also say the decision to fire her was ‘legitimate, nondiscriminatory and non-retaliatory’.
The network even said that Cantor didn’t exhaust all the possible remedies available to her in the company, and that she waited too long to file a lawsuit.
To the contrary, Cantor said in her suit that when she complained about the abuse, the network only cut her hours, while putting more work on her plate.
In Cantor’s initial complaint, she said that she had been subject to verbal and physical sexual harassment at the hands of six ex-players who worked at the network and two executives.
When Cantor’s lawsuit was filed in October, two of the retired players named in the lawsuit had moved on to ESPN Radio. Donovan McNabb (left) and Eric David (right) were fired earlier this month when their new company investigated the claims
The retired players named in the suit are Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis and Warren Sapp. The executives are Eric Weinberger and Marc Watts.
After the lawsuit was filed, Faulk, Taylor and Evans were suspended pending an investigation. At the time, McNabb, Davis and Sapp had left the company.
Sapp was fired by the network back in 2015 after he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and assault.
McNabb and Davis went on to work for ESPN radio, where they were fired earlier this month after the station looked into Cantor’s claims.
Davis, who won a Super Bowl while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, allegedly ‘grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, while saying, “I can’t handle your a** it is so luscious.”‘
Cantor also claims that when she slapped Davis’ hand away during that alleged groping he ‘aggressively told Plaintiff to never push his hand away again.’
He also allegedly made a large number of lewd comments to Cantor on set states the filing, including: ‘when are we going to spend time together?,’ ‘I want you so bad,’ ‘my c**k is so hard because of you right now,’ ‘you look like a woman who knows what to do in bed,’ ‘you look like you would be an animal in the sheets,’ ‘[Mr. Davis] loved really rough sex and would love to be able to spank [Plaintiff] so hard it would leave marks,’ and ‘can tell you like it rough and would love it.’
McNabb, who shot to fame with the Philadelphia Eagles, told Cantor she looked like a ‘s*uirter’ claims the court filing, and said she ‘looked like the kind of girl that s*uirted when getting f***ed.’
Marshall Faulk (left), Ike Taylor (right) and Heath Evans have been suspended from the NFL Network pending an investigation. But the company denied all of the allegations against them in their most recent court filing
Cantor says Evans told her ‘you’re making me so horny’ and that he ‘needed to get in you deep and hard’. Sapp (right) was fired by the network back in 2015 after he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and assault. Cantor says Sapp (right) gave her sex toys for Christmas three years in a row
Faulk is accused of ‘greeting the Plaintiff by fondling her breasts and groping her behind. As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, “when are you gonna get on this already?”
‘He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.’
Taylor is accused of sending ‘sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower’.
Sapp, considered by many to be one of the all-time great defenders in the league, ‘gave Plaintiff sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row, showed Plaintiff nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with, and openly talked about his sex life in front of Plaintiff.’
He also allegedly urinated in front of Cantor when she was forced to use the same facilities as him while completing some styling work.
‘Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our shi**er,’ Sapp allegedly told Cantor.
Heath Evans, who played with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, allegedly sent nude photos to Cantor on at least two occasions while propositioning her for sex multiple times.
Cantor says Evans told her ‘you’re making me so horny’ and that he ‘needed to get in you deep and hard’
It was not just the former athletes either, with producer Eric Weinberger accused of sending both nude photos and explicit texts in the complaint.
Cantor claims Weinberger said she was ‘put on earth to pleasure me’ and once told her to meet him in a bathroom as he was ‘super horny.’
It is also alleged that he ‘grabbed her behind, touching Plaintiff’s crotch, groping her breasts, and put his hands down Plaintiff’s pants.’
When he stuck his hand down her pants, Weinberger told Cantor he wanted to ‘check if she was wearing underwear’ according to the complaint.
Eric Weinberger, who runs The Ringer, also was suspended for the allegations.
‘These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today,’ said a spokesman for the Bill Simmons Media Group.
‘We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the N.F.L., and we will conduct our own internal investigation.’
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Sexual harassment is a term that has become increasingly popular over the last few decades. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all the employers have a legal responsibility to provide a workplace environment that is harassment-free to their employees. In the US, there are more than 15,000 sexual harassment cases that are filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission every year. Jami Cantor is one of the victims who have experienced sexual harassment in her workplace, being harassed by the network executives, retired workers, and players. She has gone down into history as one of the victims who has filed the highest number of sexual harassment cases.
Who is Jami Cantor? She is a former wardrobe stylist of the NFL network. The network hired her in the year 2006. As the employee of the network, her work revolved around building a closet of clothes that were worn by on-air talent during shows held at the firm. During her tenure at NFL, Canter named five men who she reportedly accused of sexual harassment. The men were suspended by the NFL network. In a surprising twist of events, Jami Cantor was fired after working at the NFL Network for a decade.
Jami Cantor profile summary
Name: Jami Cantor
Date of birth: 1965
Place of birth: Los Angeles
Age: 54 years
Occupation: Wardrobe stylist
Jami Cantor biography and early life
Jami Cantor is an LA native who has spent her years growing at West Lake Village. How old is Jami Cantor? Cantor birth details have never been disclosed, but she was born in the year 1965 and is 54 years as of 2019. She attended the White Oak Elementary school for her early education and later joined Fashion Design Institute and Merchandising for her professional training. Prior to being employed by the NFL Network, she was employed at malls and galleries. She also worked as an interior designer for houses and homes.
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Is Jami Cantor married?
Talking about her personal life, Cantor has been successful in keeping the details of her private life private and away from the public limelight. There is no information available on her relationship status. Jami Cantor husband’s name has not been disclosed to the public. All that we know about her personal life is that she is a mother of three children Zack, Karli and Brandy.
Jami Cantor, the NFL network employee
Jami Cantor was employed by NFL network in the year 2006 as the wardrobe stylist. However, her working was not smooth because she was frequently reported being sexually harassed by the male employees and players. When she complained to the talent coordinator, the response that she got was that this was part of her job. Time and again, she also complained about poor working conditions at the network.
She was specifically complaining about the lack of compensation on the work she did and also the failure of the network to reimburse her expenses. The working condition was worsened by the increase in workload and a decrease in working hours. She also claimed that there was a lot of discrimination in the NFL network due to her age and gender. She was later fired after working for ten years on the grounds that she was stealing clothes.
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Jami Cantor settlement
In 2017, she sued the network claiming that she had been subjected to ongoing sexual harassment by the current and former employees. Jami Cantor accused her fellow workmates of sexual misconduct. The employees mentioned in the suit included Taylor, Evans, Davis, Faulk, Warren, Macnabb among others. She claimed that they used to send nude photos to her, probe her, and make explicit sexual utterances over her. NFL network, therefore, reached a settlement about Jami Cantor’s filed case, which did not favour the accused coworkers.
Taylor, Faulk and Evans were suspended by NFL network, amid investigations on the filed allegations. The suspended workers were not to come back to the network. The other two suspects, Eric and Macnabb, were also suspended by ESPN and within no time they were fired. Previously, the NFL had filed legal docs denying the wrongdoing and suggested that Cantor approved, ratified, and consented to the actions of the accused employees. The network later reached a settlement deal with Jami Cantor, and it seems that the case will be soon dropped.
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Jami Cantor has gone down into history books for filing a lawsuit against seven NFL executives accusing them of sexual harassment. It is a game of wait and see to see whether the NFL network will fulfill its end of the bargain by granting her the settlement deal that will see her drop the case. The entire world is following the case to see how it is going to end.
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