Sexual harassment and assault have taken over the headlines. Every morning, you wake up to a new person being charged with those allegations. More and more women and men are bravely coming forward and relaying their tragedies. Many of them have been living with these acts done to them for years. Until recently, the acts of those sexually harassed or assaulted were primarily in the business, political and entertainment field. Now, those in the sports arena are raising their voice. Earlier this year, Fox Sports fired their executive Jamie Horowitz after claims of sexual misconduct. In July, former major league catcher Gregg Zaun was fired from his job as an analyst after inappropriate behavior. In the last couple of weeks, there have been more allegations.
A former female employee, Wendy Haskell, has accused Warren Moon, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback of sexual harassment and sexual battery. She worked with Moon at Sports 1 Marketing as his assistant. He is the president and co-owner of the company. She alleged that soon after she was hired in July of 2017, he demanded that she “submit to a variety of unnerving sexual and perverse controlling arrangement. That included sleeping in the same bed with him on all business trips, providing him unfettered access to the bathroom every time she showered, wearing skimpy lingerie while in the obligatory single room, obtaining prior approval for her wardrobe, and being subjected to continuous unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances.” In the lawsuit, she alleges that he grabbed her crotch during a trip to Seattle while she was sleeping, and he drugged her on a trip to Mexico. After complaining to the other CEO about Moon, she was demoted and Moon allegedly told her that “his prior assistant accepted the same arrangement” and she had to do the same to keep her job. This isn’t the first time Moon has been accused of sexual misconduct. In 1995 when he was the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, a Vikings cheerleader sued him. It was settled out of court. Moon has taken a leave of absence from his job as a member of the Seattle Seahawks radio broadcast team. His attorney issued a statement, “Mr. Moon recognizes that his duties as a commentator on the Seattle Seahawks radio network will be impacted as he defends himself against these claims, and he has requested a temporary leave of absence from his duties with the Seahawks, which has been granted. He contends these claims are meritless, and he has every intention to vigorously defend himself in court.” If Moon thought he was by himself, guess again.
Jami Cantor, former NFL Network employee, has alleged age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination and defamation were conducted against her. Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp, and former NFL players Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans and Eric Davis all allegedly sexually harassed her. Wow! I’ll give you a few minutes because I know you Googled her, many of you to see what she looked like. Evans, Faulk, and Taylor were currently working with the NFL Network as analysts before being suspended pending an investigation. Davis and McNabb work for ESPN and are suspended. Cantor was a wardrobe stylist from 2006 until she was fired in October of last year for accusations of stealing clothes. She alleged that Faulk invited her to his hotel room where he began to pull out his genital and stroke it in front of her. She said he pinned her against the wall and demanded oral sex. She alleged Faulk also frequently groped her breasts, fondled her behind, and asked “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life, such as her favorite sex position, and would she consider dating black men. Taylor allegedly sent Cantor a video of him masturbating in the shower along with other “sexually inappropriate” pictures of himself. Evans allegedly sent Cantor nude photos of himself on two separate occasions and insisted she should have sex with him.
McNabb, who joined NFL Network as an analyst in 2012 before leaving for Fox and later ESPN allegedly sent Cantor sexually explicit messages and comments. Davis, allegedly groped Cantor between her legs and made lewd comments. Sapp is accused of showing Cantor nude pictures of other women he claimed to have slept with. He also allegedly sent her sex toys as gifts and made other inappropriate comments. Sapp was fired as an NFL Network analyst in 2015 after being arrested on charges of assault and soliciting a prostitute.
Cantor also alleges former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger sexually harassed her. She claims he sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and told her she was “put on earth to pleasure me.” Cantor also alleges Weinberger would press his crotch against her shoulders and ask her to touch it. The former NFL Network executive also allegedly made several lewd remarks, such as telling Cantor she is “making him hard.” Weinberger is currently the president of The Ringer media group. Since these allegations have come out, he has been placed on leave indefinitely until an investigation has been conducted.
“#MeToo” is the newest movement that has given victims of sexual harassment and assault the confidence to speak up. These sexual harassment scandals have led to suspensions, resignations, and firings of very powerful individuals across the country. It is sad to think that there are so many more who have yet to come forward. I hope that they will see the courage of their predecessors and take a stand until #MeToo is a shock and not the norm.