Another former NFLN employee files sexual harassment lawsuit

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Last year, former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the league-owned broadcasting operation, resulting in the suspension of three on-air analysts. Another former NFL Network employee recently has filed a similar civl action.

Erin McParland, who previously told her story to Tim Rohan of SI.com, filed a lawsuit on July 24 in Los Angeles County Superior Court against NFL Enterprises, Eric Davis, and various unknown (for now) potential defendants.

In the lawsuit, McParland alleges generally that she was “subjected to ongoing and continuing sexual harassment by current and former on-air talent and other employees of NFL.” She specifically contends that Davis made unwanted advances in person and via Instagram messaging, including unwelcome physical contact.

“Davis during these encounters would also force his genitals against Plaintiff and he would also rub his genitals on Plaintiff’s leg,” the complaint alleges at paragraph 12(b). “Davis also groped Plaintiff’s rear extremities with both hands including a specific instance where Davis grabbed Plaintiff’s buttocks and inserted his fingers up into the area between Plaintiff’s buttocks on either side. These contacts were against Plaintiff’s clearly stated wishes for . . . Davis to keep his ‘hands off’ her.”

The complaint makes specific allegations against only one other employee: Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.

“On the set of Defendant NFL’s television show ‘GameDay,’ former on-air talent on NFL Network, Michael Irvin, made inappropriate gestures and comments to Plaintiff,” the complaint alleges at paragraph 12(c). “Irvin once grabbed Plaintiff’s waist against Plaintiff’s wishes while Plaintiff was ‘powdering [Irvin] on set during a commercial break’ in front of other staff members and network personnel, ‘[m]ortifying’ Plaintiff. Plaintiff went out of her way to avoid Irvin after this exchange and reminded Irvin to ‘not touch’ Plaintiff every time Plaintiff was forced by Defendant to interact with Irvin.” (Curiously, the complaint refers to Irvin as “former on-air talent” at NFLN, implying that he no longer works for the league-owned network.)

McParland alleges that she complained to NFL Network about both Davis and Irvin, and that the NFL only took action against Davis after another employee complained about him. McParland contends that the league never took action against Irvin in response to her complaints.

The lawsuit makes claims of negligence, assault, battery, false imprisonment (arising from Davis allegedly confronting McParland about her complaints against him), harassment, and gender discrimination. McParland seeks a wide variety of compensatory damages, along with punitive damages.

In response to the claims made in 2017 by Cantor, NFLN immediately suspended Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk, and Ike Taylor. Davis previously had left his job at NFLN; after Cantor’s lawsuit was filed, ESPN Radio parted ways with him. ESPN also severed ties with Donovan McNabb in the aftermath of the Cantor filing, and former NFLN executive Eric Weinberger left his employment with the Bill Simmons Media Group.

35 responses to “Another former NFLN employee files sexual harassment lawsuit

  1. I kinda wondered what happened to Davis and Evans they were part of the original morning show,I can’t remember what it was called but when they changed to good morning football I noticed both those guys disappeared. Evans was such a homer it didn’t matter to me he was gone and he clearly still hated the niners for beating his saints in the playoffs.

  2. Pretty easy solution to all this metoo stuff just don’t be alone with any woman you work with no point in potentially risking you’re entire post nfl career to get some girl at works phone number cause 9 times outta 10 anything goes south people are going to believe her not you

  3. When the walls come tumblin’ down
    When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’
    When the walls come tumblin’ tumblin’ down…

  4. Micheaael Irvin’s actions in the Julie Ertz Zach Ertz superbowl interview was the most disgusting thing ive ever scene occur on a sports channel.

  5. dolphin80 says:

    July 25, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Well darn, who the heck is left to do Gameday Sunday morning??
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    At this rate they may have to get someone from London…

  6. No one goes to the cops anymore. They tell stories, write open letters or post it on social media. Go to the police or DA and get scumbags locked up, don’t just file a civil suit.

  7. The official network is out of control with rampant sexual harassment. Football games are glorified frat parties. They have zero leadership and botch every single PR issue. This once proud league has become a joke.

  8. I don’t believe this for one second ..the next thing you’ll try to tell me is that Darren Sharper & Kellen Winslow Jr. are bad guys.

  9. Have you ever noticed on NFL Network how Michael Irvin always has to be touchy/feely with the guy sitting next to him? Dude’s a creeper!

  10. silvernblacksabbath says:
    July 25, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Have you ever noticed on NFL Network how Michael Irvin always has to be touchy/feely with the guy sitting next to him? Dude’s a creeper!

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    He’s always had good hands. In his playing days he’d get his hands on anything put near him. His body just has gotten old and he’s not able to pull in everything anymore. But he’s still out there playing the game he loves…

  11. All this just goes to show what a bunch of overpaid, overhyped, spoiled PIECES OF CRAP “most” NFL players are, past and present. I gave up watching BSPN, and NFL network yrs ago due to their agenda. Right now I’m down to only watching games in which my fave team participates only……..soon that will end!!,

  12. Good. Certainly hope Irvin is gone.
    A big mouthed fraud.
    I might watch the NFLN if enough of those scumbags are fired.
    Goodell won’t get involved here.
    Fire him anyway

  13. silvernblacksabbath says:
    July 25, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Have you ever noticed on NFL Network how Michael Irvin always has to be touchy/feely with the guy sitting next to him? Dude’s a creeper!
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    They had Irvin sitting next to Steve Smith one Sunday at NFL Network. Irvin kept doing his trademark reaching over and touching Steve Smith. Smith then said “Dude you touch me again”. LOL Now that’s entertainment!

  14. hockeyfan28 says:
    July 25, 2018 at 12:21 am
    Pretty easy solution to all this metoo stuff just don’t be alone with any woman you work with no point in potentially risking you’re entire post nfl career to get some girl at works phone number cause 9 times outta 10 anything goes south people are going to believe her not you
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    I totally agree. Now not saying these events didn’t happen but if I were in this situation I’d have another party with me at all times. I used to close doors at our meeting here at work, I didn’t anymore and have specifically told the women the reasons why. I don’t want the doors closed if I’m the only male in our meetings.

    There are victims out there of sexual harassment and abuse, however there are also women out there who are vindictive. Any one remember the Duke Lacrosse team? Yeah Lives ruined, scholarships retracted, guys had to register as sex offenders. Then officials found out the girls lied about it.

    What keeps a women from saying she was assaulted or harassed if she doesn’t get the job or the leading role in a movie she reads the script for. Now a days a the drop of a hat you want to ruin someone’s career, scream Metoo and that person is done for good.

    How not to become a victim, dont’ go to hotel rooms to read a script with just the director, take a friend , husband or girlfriend. Especially if the guy has a rep through the grape vine of being a “casting couch: type. Another tip, be smart don’t go up to a hotel room if a former NFL player invites you and not any of your friends. Unwanted passes at work, call them out in front of everybody, then go to the police instead of posting it all over social media first.

    I feel terrible for victims of sexual abuse and harassment, but the victim card is getting played way too much in this society and getting played years and years after the fact – seek help and not validation on social media for the likes and the sympathy.

  15. coddled athletes who have up till this point, received everything they ever wanted…
    Now they can’t have girl 1 or girl 2 so they start sexually assaulting, deriding, insulting, harassing them.

    These guys are frickin’ brilliant, said no one ever

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