The NFL Network is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against them by a former wardrobe stylist who claimed sexual harassment by on-air talent and execs – including NFL legends Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk and Donovan McNabb.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the NFL Network is denying all of the allegations in a bombshell lawsuit filed by Jami Cantor late last year.
In one of their defense arguments, the NFL claims, “The alleged conduct of Defendants complained of in the Complaint was approved, consented to, authorized and/or ratified by Plaintiff through her actions, omissions, and course of conduct.”
They also claim Cantor failed to exhaust all possible remedies available to her before filing suit and say the decision to fire her was legitimate, nondiscriminatory and non-retaliatory.
The NFL Network also says they exercised reasonable care to prevent, and promptly correct, any discriminatory or otherwise unlawful behavior.
Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the network, sued her former employer accusing them of sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation and age discrimination.
She claimed throughout her time at the network, she was subjected to sexual harassment by various network employees.
Cantor said they would touch her butt, breasts and point to her private parts in front of her along with making inappropriate comments. Further, she said they would send her naked or semi-naked photos of themselves.
Cantor claimed the network did nothing in response to her complaints — instead, they cut her hours and increased her work. She was eventually fired in October 2016, after being falsely accused of stealing clothes from one of the network employees
She alleged the employees who were involved in the harassment included execs and on-air talent Faulk, Sapp, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. She accused Faulk of asking her deeply personal and invasive questions about her sex life, including whether she liked oral sex, and whether she dated black men.
Cantor said Faulk would greet her by fondling her breasts and groping her behind.
Sapp is alleged to have urinated in front of her in the bathroom, where he told her, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our s****er.”
Evans is accused of telling Cantor, “You’re making me horny” and said he “needed to get in you deep and hard.”
She said Donovan McNabb, who hosted a radio show, of sending her inappropriate texts.
Following the suit being filed, the network suspended Faulk, Evans and Taylor pending an investigation into the allegations.