Hall of Famer Faulk suspended from NFL network over harassment allegations


New York (AFP)

Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two other analysts for the National Football League's television channel have been suspended over allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network confirmed on Tuesday.

Former running back Faulk, a star of the St. Louis Rams team which won the 2000 Super Bowl, was suspended along with former players Heath Evans and Ike Taylor.

All three stand accused of sexually harassing a former wardrobe stylist, Jami Cantor, who worked at the network from 2006 until she was fired in 2016.

Cantor has made the allegations against the three men in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming wrongful termination.

Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger, ex-NFL Network analyst and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and former NFL player Eric Davis were also named in the lawsuit.

"Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations," an NFL Network spokesperson said.

Davis and McNabb who have different jobs with sports broadcaster ESPN, have been suspended by the network following emergence of the allegations.

In her lawsuit, Cantor alleged Faulk repeatedly groped her on set and asked "deeply personal and invasive questions" about her sex life.

Faulk, who retired in 2007, is a seven-time Pro Bowler. Taylor played 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning two Super Bowl titles before retiring in 2015.

Evans played with four different teams in 10 seasons and won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2010.