NFLN executive sanitizes his Twitter account, before deleting it

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The only thing that makes an awkward civil lawsuit even more awkward is an effort to destroy evidence that may be in some way relevant to it.

Laura Wagner of Deadspin.com reports that NFL Media V.P. and executive editor David Eaton recently deleted his Twitter account. Before doing that, he “appears to have” deleted “years’ worth of Twitter interactions with and unfollowing hundreds of accounts of escorts and porn stars.”

Eaton, who essentially supervises all reporters at NFL Media, has not been implicated in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former NFLN employee Jami Cantor. But with Cantor’s lawsuit instantly becoming a major national sports story, Eaton likely got nervous about how his Twitter habits could be used against him and his employer as part of a broader effort to show that a sexually-charged atmosphere existed within NFL Media. If one of the higher-level bosses is willing to publicly engage in banter with escorts and porn stars, it’s possible that plenty of inappropriate behavior could be happening right under their noses.

Before Eaton went scorched earth on his Twitter page, the NFL could have made a persuasive argument that any of that evidence is completely irrelevant to the questions raised in Cantor’s case. Eaton’s decision to scrub the Twitter page before scrapping it suggests that Eaton, and maybe others, have reacted to the news of the allegations by destroying evidence — and nothing short of a Col. Nathan Jessup moment makes it easier to prove a case than proof that key employees of the company accused of misconduct reacting o the filing of the case by spoliating potentially relevant proof.

21 responses to “NFLN executive sanitizes his Twitter account, before deleting it

  1. Good God. In this day and age, how does ANYONE in a major corp. with a job title that includes the terms: “V.P.” and “Media” have a Twitter acct. that’s full of strippers and porn stars….???

    Darwin is spinning in his grave.

  2. There isn’t a day without news of a high profile individual being accused of some sort of lewd behavior. I’m kind of scared of a few jokes I repeated at work. But I have no money, so I’m probably safe.

  3. Following boatloads of strippers, escorts, and porn stars isn’t a good look for a 20 year old college kid, never mind an executive in media affairs for a major corporation.

    Good grief. Just how dumb are men these days?

  4. I locked my office, put my phone on Do Not Disturb”, threw my computer out of the window, I avoid interacting with all women…what am I forgetting?

  5. goodell
    will cover his tracks with this just like he did by framing belichick and then, 8 years later, tom brady.

    he will lie if he needs to like he just did today

    again

  6. This idiot knows that with the right warrants, all of that data can be recovered from backup systems, right?

  7. I locked my office, put my phone on Do Not Disturb”, threw my computer out of the window, I avoid interacting with all women…what am I forgetting?

    Reacting like that now points to guilt, or an atmosphere of guilt. You can’t win no matter what you do or don’t do.

  8. “Following boatloads of strippers, escorts, and porn stars isn’t a good look for a 20 year old college kid”

    Not really, it’s actually one of the more normal college kid things to do.

  9. I don’t understand why this is a story. I’m not going to defend the decisions this guy made on his Twitter account, because obviously they were stupid. But assuming this guy realized that he made a mistake with his indiscretions, what exactly WOULD be an appropriate course of action for him?

    I mean, if I find out one of my kids posted something inappropriate on the internet, my first advice to them would be, “Delete it.” And, if the problem were bad enough, I’d probably say, “Hey, you probably shouldn’t have a Twitter account at all.”

    Sounds like after making numerous poor decisions, the guy made the right one for once. He wasn’t under any investigation, so he’s not “destroying evidence”.

  10. “I’m kind of scared of a few jokes I repeated at work.” IF that was all that was going on in the workplace right now, I don’t think there would be any of these stories out there. I mean, asking sexually charged questions in an interview? Time for these media companies to get with the times, and follow the law.

  11. How hard, really, is it to NOT sexually harass women? Is it really that difficult?

    “I locked my office, put my phone on Do Not Disturb”, threw my computer out of the window, I avoid interacting with all women…what am I forgetting?”

    If it’s that tough, maybe get a job working from home.

  12. thegreatjimbrown says:
    December 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    How hard, really, is it to NOT sexually harass women? Is it really that difficult?
    ________________________________________________________________

    Nothing in the story says he did.

    More likely this is about NFL network trying to get things in order for the upcoming lawsuit. Nothing illegal or wrong following porn stars etc on personal twitter account, nor anything wrong with deleting it since he is under no legal obligation not to- he probably is trying to avoid having to testify in the future during the NFL network suit. Being a knucklehead isn’t a crime, and I suspect most people wouldn’t want anyone putting there social media accounts or browser history under scrutiny.

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