This week NFL Network has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by a number of prominent employees. With the #MeToo movement having an impact on almost every walk of life, it was only a matter of time before the sports media became part of the story. A former NFL Network employee filed suit against the network and named the likes of Marshall Faulk, Eric Davis, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor, and Donovan McNabb as well as executive Eric Weinberger regarding serious allegations of sexual harassment.

The lawsuit details going public has led to the suspension of the talent remaining at NFL Network as well as McNabb and Davis who now work at ESPN and Weinberger who now works for The Ringer.

On Wednesday another person has come forward with her own experience of inappropriate behavior at NFL Network. This time it was sports reporter Lindsay McCormick.

McCormick posted this message on her Instagram page, detailing an interview with a hiring manager at NFL Network. She says that the executive asked her point blank if she planned on getting “knocked up.” McCormick also says that the unnamed executive no longer works for the network.

McCormick is an Auburn grad and Houston native and has done a myriad of work across sports media for the likes of ESPNU, NBC, CBS, and others.

Obviously it’s pretty disturbing if an executive is using “having a child” as a disqualifying trait for a future female employee, and in such a crass, discriminatory way as well. And this story combined with the multiple suspensions we’ve seen coming from the lawsuit against the network makes one wonder if there is or was a culture problem that exists at NFL Network.

These stories certainly align with everything else we’ve been hearing throughout the last several months of women speaking up about being mistreated across society. It takes a lot of courage for women to share these stories publicly and time will tell whether more similar accounts will emerge from NFL Network or elsewhere in sports media.

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  • StoJa

    It was a stupid, asinine question….but lets not make it bigger than it is. This is jumping on the bandwagon.

    • Matt Long

      Yes, Looks like Lindsey is looking for attention rather than social justice. And “brilliant women”? More like attractive women that can form sentences while looking into a camera. Same goes for the men. Its not like they are curing cancer.

      • Christopher Bates

        And you are able to separate “those who are seeking attention” from “those who actually feel wronged”…how again?

        • Matt Long

          Those that contact their employer and those that make posts on social media. Next question?
          Gate One Builders

          • Christopher Bates

            She filed a lawsuit. It became national news. She commented on it. Your “test” seems a bit bogus.

    • Christopher Bates

      I get it that you are not…shall we say…a Rhodes Scholar. However, if you cannot appreciate that a question like that is not a one-time thing, and is certainly indicative of a rather significant problem of institutional norms and behavior, then that is on you.

      • StoJa

        Yeah…let’s pretend like you have a bunch of Mensa awards on your wall. Have a dialogue with somebody ONE TIME where it doesn’t involve you insulting somebody or being a condescending shitbag. You have no moral or intellectual ground to stand on. Ever.

        And now I’m blocking you because I’m tired of your shit.

        • Christopher Bates

          Ha! The irony is that I actually am a member of Mensa. I guess the fellow who brags about how fearlessly he can dish it out is unable to take it.

  • MrBull

    Amazing how stupid those that are in charge of hiring are…

  • sportsfan365

    Guess I will represent the minority opinion. As a manager it is problematical to hire someone who is knowingly planning to miss large amounts of time be they a man or a woman. If a man told me he was planning to take a 3-6 month sabbatical I would have the same reaction. The question should, however, been phrased more diplomatically, i.e., do you have any plans for taking any extended time off in the coming year?

    • Christopher Bates

      Whether “diplomatic” or not, it’s an illegal question, and if you get caught asking it, you are at risk of being sued. You cannot discriminate on the basis of gender, nor on your “best guess” that someone who is young and female is likely to get pregnant. As far as the law is concerned, this is literally no different than asking a black applicant if he plans to get arrested for committing a crime anytime soon.

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