Donovan McNabb fired by ESPN after sexual harassment allegations

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Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on the set of ESPN’s “First Take.” McNabb has been fired by the network after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in a lawsuit filed by a former colleague at the NFL Network.

ESPN has officially cut ties with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb following a month-long investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from his time at the NFL Network.

ESPN has also cut ties with former NFL cornerback Eric Davis, who was also accused of inappropriate behavior by a former NFL Network staffer.

“They are no longer working for us,” ESPN said in a statement to the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.

In an amended complaint to a wrongful termination lawsuit originally filed in October, Jami Cantor, a wardrobe stylist with the NFL Network from 2006 to October 2016, accused McNabb of texting her explicit comments during his time as an analyst for the network. She accused Davis of making lewd comments and inappropriate contact.

The former Eagles quarterback was at the NFL Network from September 2012 until August 2013. McNabb later was fired by Fox Sports after pleading guilty to a DUI offense in 2015. He had been a radio host for ESPN, and made regular appearances on a host of shows, including First Take.

The NFL Network suspended Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans — all former NFL players — last month as it looks into the other incidents of sexual harassment that Cantor alleged in her lawsuit. Former NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, fired by the network in 2015 after having been arrested for soliciting prostitution, was also named in the lawsuit.

No word from the NFL Network on when it expects to complete its investigation.

In the complaint, Cantor said that Faulk, an NFL Hall of Famer, groped her and exposed himself while demanding oral sex. She accused Evans, a former fullback, of texting her nude pictures, and said Taylor, a former cornerback, sent her a video of him masturbating.

Cantor also alleged that former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger, now the president of Bill Simmons Media Group, groped her and rubbed his crotch against her. The media company called the allegations “very serious and disturbing” and placed Weinberger on leave indefinitely while it investigates.