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ESPN drops Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis after sexual harassment investigation

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ESPN has fired former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis for their roles in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former NFL Network employee.
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Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis will not return to their positions at ESPN in the wake of a lawsuit that alleged the two sexually harassed a former wardrobe stylist while they were NFL Network employees, a person with knowledge of the move confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

McNabb and Davis were suspended on Dec. 12 pending an investigation, hours after a lawsuit filed against NFL Network was made public. That investigation was completed and led ESPN to drop both McNabb and Davis, according to the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. 

Donovan McNabb had been suspended by ESPN as it investigated harassment allegations.
Donovan McNabb had been suspended by ESPN as it investigated harassment allegations.
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The Sports Business Daily was the first outlet to report that McNabb and Davis would not return to ESPN. 

McNabb, a former NFL quarterback who worked as an analyst on ESPN Radio and made appearances on other of the network’s programming, allegedly made inappropriate comments to via text, including asking about a specific sex act multiple times. 

Davis allegedly told Jami Cantor, the former wardrobe consultant, “You look like a woman who knows what to do in bed." Davis, who played cornerback in the NFL for 13 years, was a host on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles. 

The wrongful termination lawsuit also led NFL Network to suspended Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans pending its own investigation.

NFL Network spokesperson Alex Riethmiller told USA TODAY Sports there was “no update” on its investigation of the three.

Eric Weinberger, a top executive at Bill Simmons’ media group, was suspended by The Ringer after Cantor alleged Weinberger  "pressed his crotch against" her and asked her to "touch it.” 

 

 

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