Following reports that the NFL Network and ESPN suspended five former football players who now work as on-air talent over claims that they sexually harassed a former wardrobe stylist, a sports reporter has spoken out about alleged sexism she previously was subjected to during a job interview for the NFL Network.
“I’ve been quiet about this for too long,” wrote sports broadcaster Lindsay McCormick in an Instagram post. “In my last interview with NFL Network a few years ago, the head of hiring talent said to me, ‘If we hire you, do you plan on getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them?’
“‘Them’ as in badass working women who deserve to have a family life as well? ‘Them’ as the women who work their tails off to be taken seriously in a man’s world? Or ‘them’ who bring you a new audience and a tremendous amount of viewership?
“Because while I don’t plan on ‘getting knocked up,’ I do plan on being like the rest of those brilliant women that our future daughters will one day look up to and see you can have it all.”
McCormick, who added that she gave the NFL Network credit for “eventually removing” the man who interviewed her from his position, was responding to the news that former NFL Network stylist, Jami Cantor, had accused at least seven men, including former NFL stars Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis, and Warren Sapp, of sexual harassment. Cantor is suing the NFL Network for sexual harassment and wrongful termination, alleging that she was groped and indecently propositioned by her co-workers, who she said would also send her unwanted explicit photos and videos.
All the former players, except for Warren Sapp, who was fired from NFL Network in 2015 after he was arrested for propositioning a prostitute following the Super Bowl, have reportedly been suspended from their current jobs at NFL Network and ESPN. Former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger, now president of sports website The Ringer, was also suspended indefinitely after being named in the suit.
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