CLOSEMichael Irvin, Eric Davis named in lawsuit filed against NFL Network

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Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin needed to be time and again reminded via a make-up artist to “not touch” her, one of the vital many allegations made in the newest sexual harassment lawsuit filed over alleged misconduct at NFL Network. 

Erin McParland claims she was once “subjected to ongoing and continuing sexual harassment by current and former on-air talent and other employees” throughout her kind of two years on the community that began in 2014, in step with the lawsuit bought via USA TODAY Sports. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, additionally named former All-Pro defensive again Eric Davis, who allegedly would “rub his genitals” against McParland. 

Davis was once amongst a number of named in a lawsuit filed against NFL Enterprises — the Southern California outpost of the league that runs NFL Network — via former make-up artist Jami Cantor. Cantor alleged she was subjected to beside the point touching, lewd textual content messages and different harassmentduring her decade at the network. 

Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans were immediately suspended after the lawsuit was amended in December. Davis and Donovan McNabb were fired via their then-current employer, ESPN, after the allegations got here to mild. 

An NFL Network spokesperson didn’t instantly be offering remark when reached via USA TODAY Sports, together with when requested about Irvin’s recent position with the community. The lawsuit described Irvin as a “former on-air skill on NFL Network,” although he was still listed as an analyst for NFL GameDay Morning and as a part of the Thursday Night Football pregame team. 


Matt McNicholas, one in all McParland’s legal professionals, informed USA TODAY Sports that McParland persevered many months of harassment sooner than she first reported it to human sources. The lawsuit – which alleges she “sustained and can proceed to maintain critical bodily, psychological and emotional accidents” – doesn’t specify the precise damages sought, but seeks “an quantity enough to punish and make an instance of (NFL Network).”

“She didn’t wish to rock the boat,” McNicholas stated in a telephone interview. “There was an overall environment — which I guess isn’t hard to imagine when you’re dealing with former high-octane athletes — that was what you might see in a locker room or a fraternity.” 

McParland had detailed most of the allegations in a first-hand account in Sports Illustrated that ran in December.

Davis and Irvin had been named as defendants in Tuesday’s lawsuit, one in all maximum troubling sides of which was once how NFL’s human sources division allegedly treated McParland’s lawsuits. 

Davis subjected McParland to “unwanted advances” by the use of Instagram messages, together with remarking on her “flexibility and suggesting how good things could be” between the 2. 

“These communications were laced with sexual innuendo and suggestion which were both inappropriate and offensive,” McParland’s legal professionals wrote in the lawsuit. “When the next football season began defendant Eric Davis was able to continue his inappropriate behavior including but not limited to making physical contact.”

That integrated hugging McParland the place he “would also force his genitals against (McParland) and he would also rub his genitals on (McParland’s) leg,” in step with the lawsuit. Davis additionally allegedly groped McParland’s buttocks. 

Irvin “made beside the point gestures and feedback to (McParland) and as soon as grabbed (McParland’s) waist” against her needs. 

McParland complained to human sources about Davis and Irvin, however the lawsuit claimed no motion was once taken till any other feminine worker lodged identical lawsuits against Davis. The NFL informed Davis “the best course of action was for Davis to leave NFL quietly,” in step with the lawsuit. 

McParland was once confident by the use of textual content messages that Davis would now not be allowed to confront her, however Davis did simply that in an off-set trailer the place he “aggressively stood over” her, in step with the lawsuit. An NFL human sources govt apologized for the “mishandled situation.”

“I haven’t seen it before,” McNicholas stated. “They have an HR division and it isn’t small. The NFL is a complicated (group). It’s now not some mother and pa retailer with 30 workers. There are other folks with graduate levels who paintings in the HR division.

“She indisputably felt bodily at-risk.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ A.J. Perez on Twitter @byajperez.


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