Join Now

Roger Goodell says league to investigate NFL Network sexual harassment allegations

Thursday - 14/12/2017 08:02
Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk was among three NFL Network analysts suspended. USA TODAY Sports

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.

More: Roger Goodell's extension is last with NFL, heavy on incentives

More: Jerry Jones satisfied with Roger Goodell contract: 'No easy layups here'

More: Giants owner John Mara acknowledges NFL's 'mistakes' in Russell Wilson, Tom Savage incidents

More: Larry Johnson can't remember parts of NFL career, believes he has CTE

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

Follow Perez on Twitter @byajperez


Total notes of this article: 0 in 0 rating

Click on stars to rate this article

  Reader Comments

Newer articles

Older articles

You did not use the site, Click here to remain logged. Timeout: 60 second