A woman who worked as a freelance makeup artist at NFL Network for three seasons, says that she was sexually harassed by Eric Davis and Michael Irvin.
Erin McParland gave a first-person account of her experiences with the two former NFL players through Sports Illustrated’s Tim Rowan. Most of the story was about her experiences with Davis. She said that it started during her second season with sexual comments, and him being forward about trying to meet up with her outside of work.
McParland said that she thought that she had done enough for him to get the hint that she wasn’t interested, but during her third season it grew worse with him once hugging her and rubbing his genitals on her. Another time, she said that he hugged her and grabbed her buttocks.
Her accusations against Irvin are that he made inappropriate comments and gestures towards her, and once grabbed her around the waist while she was applying makeup to him. McParland said that she told NFL Network’s human resources department about both of them, and that they addressed Davis but not Irvin.
Over the summer Irvin was accused of sexual assault, but the Broward County, Fla., State Attorney Office decided not to charge him with a crime.
This is the second woman who has accused Davis of sexual harassment while he worked at NFL Network. Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist with the network who the woman in the Sports Illustrated story said warned her about the environment at NFL Network, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against NFL Enterprises that accuses Davis, Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor and Warren Sapp of sexual harassment.
Davis and McNabb were working at ESPN, but have been suspended. Evans, Faulk and Taylor were suspended by NFL Network.