NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would launch an internal investigation of the NFL Network in reaction to the claims made earlier this week as part of a wrongful termination lawsuit that alleged rampant sexual harassment at the NFL-owned broadcast outlet.
"We take that very seriously," Goodell told reporters at the league’s winter meetings in Dallas on Wednesday. "Those are issues that are important to us. We want to make sure that all of our employees, whether at the NFL Network or at the league office or at clubs, are working in a safe and comfortable environment. Any time that doesn’t exist, we are going to make sure that we deal with that very quickly and very seriously."
The lawsuit against the NFL Network originally was filed by former network wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor in October, but the original complaint lacked the names of the individuals who allegedly created the hostile work environment.
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Laura Horton, Cantor’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports that she received “no response” from the league after the original filing, despite it containing many of the same allegations of fondling, sexual propositions and other inappropriate conduct.
On Monday, Horton amended the complaint that named several current and former NFL Network employees.
“I had to amend it for procedural reasons," Horton said. "Since I had to amend it anyway, I thought it was appropriate to add the names."
The new filing led to the suspensions of NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. Former NFL Network employees Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis also were suspended by their current employer, ESPN.
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