Lindsay McCormick: NFL Network employee asked if I planned 'on getting knocked up'

By Alex Butler  |  Dec. 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM
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Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Sports broadcaster and TV host Lindsay McCormick spoke out Wednesday about a question she said she was asked during an interview with NFL Network.

According to McCormick, the head of hiring talent at the network asked her if she planned "on getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them."

"I've been quiet about this for too long," McCormick wrote on Instagram. "In my last interview with NFL Network a few years ago, the head of hiring talent said to me, 'If we hire you, do you plan on getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them?'"

"'Them' as in badass working women who deserve to have a family life as well? 'Them' as the women who work their tails off to be taken seriously in a man's world? Or 'them' who bring you a new audience and a tremendous amount of viewership? Because while I don't plan on 'getting knocked up,' I do plan on being like the rest of those brilliant women that our future daughters will one day look up to and see you can have it all."

She tagged ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder, former ESPN personality Britt McHenry, boxing host Michelle Joy Phelps, feminist activist Gloria Steinem and model and actress Emily Ratajkowski.

A day before her post, Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and former players-turned-analysts Ike Taylor and Heath Evans were suspended from the network. The men were disciplined after a lawsuit, filed by a former wardrobe stylist, cited sexual harassment and sexual assault. Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp and Eric Davis were also named in the lawsuit.

ESPN announced it was also keeping McNabb and Davis off of its broadcasts during an investigation into the claims.

McHenry tweeted that she was not surprised by the claims.

"Not surprised in the slightest about one of the names in the NFL Network sexual harassment allegation," McHenry tweeted Tuesday. "Leave it at that."

The NFL Network is owned by the National Football League. On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall spoke at the NFL December meeting in Dallas.

He was asked about the sexual harassment allegations.

"We take that very seriously," Goodall told reporters. "Those are issues that are important to us. We want to make sure that all of our employees, whether at the NFL Network or at the league office or at clubs, are working in a safe and comfortable environment. Any time that doesn't exist, we are going to make sure that we deal with that very quickly and very seriously."

McCormick has worked with Sunday Night Football on NBC, Esquire, CBS Sports, ESPN and Comcast.

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