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Sh*tty Sports Men: Jerry Richardson, Marshall Faulk, and (ugh) Many More

By Dan Hamamura | Celebrity | December 19, 2017 |

By Dan Hamamura | Celebrity | December 19, 2017 |

Kristy has been doing amazing work covering the assholes who deserve your scorn in her regular Seriously, F*ck That Guy pieces. But there remain, sadly, more than enough stories for a roundup comprised solely of awful sports men from the last couple weeks:

Jerry Richardson, principal owner of the Carolina Panthers, is currently under investigation by the NFL for workplace misconduct that includes both sexual harassment and use of a racial slur, and has confidentially settled at least four complaints to date. Richardson will sell his ownership stake next year, and is no longer running day-to-day operations of the organization. (Deadspin, Sports Illustrated)

A wrongful termination lawsuit filed in October (and amended last week) against the NFL Network included sexual harassment allegations against a number of current and former employees, including:

- On-air commentators Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, and Ike Taylor, who were all suspended by the NFL Network pending an investigation. (Bloomberg)

- Former on-air commentators Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, who were suspended by their current employer, ESPN, while they undertake their own investigation. (Bloomberg)

- Former Executive Producer Eric Weinberger, who has been placed on indefinite leave from his post as President of the Bill Simmons Media Group. (Newsweek)

- Former on-air commentator Warren Sapp, who should not be left out just because he doesn’t have a job to be suspended from. (CBS Sports)

Given how many people were named in that lawsuit, you may be surprised to discover that the NFL Network appears to have a culture problem. (Deadspin)

ESPN, it turns out, also has a culture problem. (Boston Globe)

One (former) ESPN employee who was a longtime part of that culture? Mike Tirico, who was suspended in the early 90s for sexual harassment, but remained at the network until hired away in 2016 by NBC Sports, who earlier in December told The Hollywood Reporter that they were aware of Tirico’s past, but went after him anyway. (Hollywood Reporter)

Former NFL player Warren Moon is being sued by a former assistant at his marketing company for sexual harassment and sexual assault. Moon has taken indefinite leave from his other job, as a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks. (Washington Post)

Toronto Blue Jays analyst and former MLB player Gregg Zaun was fired by Rogers Sportsnet after finding that he had engaged in inappropriate behavior toward female colleagues. (Washington Post)

I really want to end with something sports-adjacent that isn’t completely awful, so at least yesterday there was news that Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife are donating a 9.4 million dollar mansion in Missouri to a charity that helps children with special needs or chronic illness, which seems like a worthy cause, so there’s that, at least, right?

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