We're in a very difficult time in today's America. Celebrities, politicians, TV personalities, comedians, reporters, and more than one President, have been at the forefront of sexual misconduct allegations throughout the past few months. Time Maganize even awarded the 2017 Person of The Year to "The Silence Breakers," women and men who have been brave enough to stand up against sexual assault.
When it comes to the sports world, the NFL has been no stranger to sexual assault and domestic violence issues. They mishandled the Ray Rice incident back in 2012, and punished Ezekiel Elliott for six games this year, despite no criminal charges from the prosecution. On the other spectrum, Darren Sharper, "one of the hardest hittin' safeties in the league," was convicted a few years ago after drugging and raping several women, in several states. Let's not forget about the "Love Boat" incident back in 2005 either. Many of these cases are taken to court, but it's the accusations that don't result in criminal charges that are the most interesting ones.
Whether these allegations against the following NFLers are true or not is up for debate. Many of these transgressions lack hard evidence, and some of the civil suits are settled out of court to avoid further attention from the media. The issue of sexual misconduct has gained even more traction with several former players working for the NFL Network being accused of such misconduct by an old co-worker, resulting in their indefinite suspension.
Here are 15 NFLers accused of sexual misconduct, but never (not yet) convicted.
**Several, but not all, of these alleged incidents are still pending litigation, so we must take all evidence, hearsay, and gossip with a grain of salt. In some instances, charges were dropped, or never even brought upon the alleged offender, yet the accusations indeed occurred. Any implications of wrongdoing are purely based on the information and testimony of the victims.**
15 Warren Moon
The alleged perv list starts off with Hall of Fame quarterback, Warren Moon. In his playing days, the nine-time Pro Bowler was an electric playmaker who paved the way for almost all the black quarterbacks that proceeded him. In 1978, Moon got his start in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos, but eventually made the transition to the states with the Houston Oilers. In 2000, the All-Pro QB retired from the league.
On December 6, 2017, Moon's former executive assistant, Wendy Haskell, who worked for Moon's company, Sports 1 Marketing, accused him of sexual harassment. She stated that he would make her wear a thong to work, force her to sleep in the same bed on business trips, grabbed her crotch inappropriately, pulled off her bikini, and once drugged her! Moon has has his trouble in the past when it comes to sexual harassment and domestic violence, but some of these details from The Washington Post are just crazy.
14 John Jerry
The Giants' offensive line has been absolutely dismal so far in 2017, and one of the main reasons is right guard, John Jerry. The truth is, he's not a great football player, and it turns out he's not that nice of a person either. During his time with the Dolphins, Jerry, along with fellow linemen, Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, not only bullied, but also allegedly sexually harassed teammate Jonathan Martin.
According to reports, Jerry would often make jokes about having sexual relations with Martin's sister and mother (and sometimes about both of them at the same time). Trust me read the bullet points on this one, it's graphic to say the least. Jerry was also "inappropriately touching" Martin, and in one instance, Martin saw Jerry pretty much dry hump Pouncey in an attempt to make fun of Martin's alleged homosexuality. No discipline action was taken against Jerry, but that Miami locker room seemed like a douchebag festival back in 2012.
13 Jerry Jones
It doesn't matter how much money and power you have, sexual assault accusers will have their voices heard. Well, actually, even though accusers may sue, guys like Jerry Jones have enough money and power to make it all go away like nothing ever happened. Back in 2014, the Dallas Cowboys owner was sued by Jana Weckerly, a former stripper, for $1 million in damages due to an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2009.
The case was dismissed during mediation, probably because Jones just paid someone off (not facts, just guessing). We still will cover some of the details, as there were some photos that surfaced from the night of the alleged incident, most of them sexual in nature. Weckerly was the woman who took these photos, and alleges Jones "forcibly touched her butt, forcibly touched her breasts, forcibly kissed her and forcibly touched her genitals." Also, he supposedly made her watch as he received oral sex from another woman present in the hotel room. I know Jones as never been convicted, but nothing about these accusations surprise me.
12 Ahmad Brooks
Brooks has had a long and prosperous career as a linebacker in the NFL. Most of those years were spent with the San Francisco, but he signed a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 offseason, where he's now on the PUP list. In 2018, Brooks will be 34 years old, and it's hard to imagine a team signing an often-injured, veteran linebacker for another year. The Pro Bowler will probably finish his career with 376 tackles, 54.5 sacks, and a whole lot of money.
But the past two years of Brooks' career have been stained with accusations of sexual battery stemming from a 2014 incident at former teammate Ray McDonald's house. In May of 2015, defendant Keiley Wolff, after slipping and hurting her head at the party, says she was inappropriately groped by Brooks. The two-time Second Team All-Pro linebacker entered a not guilty plea, and has still yet to stand trial. Many of the details seem hazy, but prosecutors say they have a video of the incident, which may lead to Brooks' future conviction.
11 Peyton Manning
You would think Manning would be a Southern gentleman, with nothing but respect and chivalry for women. But, it seems like the future HOF quarterback once had a wild side, and a former athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee, Jamie Naughright, accused Manning of sexual assault during his sophomore season in 1996. Most of these cases are one-sided, with one party staying quiet, but we just happen to have both sides of the story, so we'll give you both the plaintiff and the defendants accounts.
According to Naughright in a sworn testimony, Manning " forcefully maneuvered his naked testicles and rectum directly on her face with his penis on top of her head" while being examined for a foot injury. She immediately reported the incident, and Manning denied the assault. He then wrote about her in his book, defaming the trainer, which brought about a lawsuit that was settled out of court.
Fortunately, the video from Manning's deposition in 2003 emerged recently. The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback stated “I briefly pulled down my pants to so-called ‘moon’ him. One second, one-and-a-half seconds. Pulled my pants back up and continued with Jamie’s examination of the bottom of my foot.”
While both sides maintain their accounts, you, the reader, will have to make up your mind on this one.
10 Heath Evans
Alright, the most recent accusations of sexual misconduct have come from Jami Cantor, a wardrobe stylist for NFL Network. In her recent wrongful termination lawsuit against the NFL Network, several instances of sexual harassment were revealed. Beware, if you are prone to lewd language, you might want to skip the quotes from the lawsuit.
The first of the player accused of lewd behavior is former NFL fullback who played 10 years in the league, retiring in 2010. He then began working at NFL Network as an analyst, which is where he met Cantor. While you can find the full details for all the players here, we will just lay it out here for you.
"Heath Evans sent Plaintiff nude pictures of himself on at least two separate occasions. Mr. Evans constantly propositioned Plaintiff to have sex with him. Mr. Evans also made several sexually inappropriate comments to Plaintiff, such as, “you’re making me horny,” and “needed to get in you deep and hard."
Again, this is 'just the tip' (too soon) of the iceberg. Evans, along with (spoiler) Taylor and Faulk, have been suspended indefinitely by NFL Network.
9 Ike Taylor
The former Pittsburgh Steeler's cornerback was a staple in the Heinz Field secondary during their two recent Super Bowl Championships. In 2015, Taylor retired, leaving behind a career of 636 tackles, 140 pass deflections, 14 interceptions, and two rings. After his playing days were over, Taylor joined NFL Network as an analyst.
In Cantor's lawsuit, she said that Taylor and former network producer, Eric Weinberger, would constantly send her nude pictures, with Taylor once sending her a video of him pleasuring himself in the shower. First of all dude, you can't be sending out evidence of your perviness and infidelity. People will save all of that for future evidence. Second, a video of you pleasuring yourself? Most chicks aren't very turned on by that, especially if it's unwanted, out of the blue. That's the definition of harassment. We'll see what comes of all these allegations, but if their is any 'hard' evidence, Taylor's career may be ruined.
8 Marshall Faulk
The last current NFL Network personality to be suspended for harassment is none other than HOF running back Marshall Faulk. Before we get into the details, I have to let the readers know that this one hits me hard. Faulk is one of the best, most exciting, electric running backs of all-time. He was an integral member of "The Greatest Show on Turf" and growing up, Faulk was one of my idols. If the accusations are true in Cantor's lawsuit, those memories will be remembered, but forever tainted.
According to the report, Faulk groped Cantor's breasts and asked her "invasive questions" about her sex life. Topics such as her favorite position, her preference for oral sex, and if she dated black men. Even though his advances weren't reciprocated, Faulk still continued with his inappropriate actions.
"As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, “when are you gonna get on this already?” He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down."
I've got nothing else to say.
7 Eric Davis
Davis, a former NFL network employee, was also named in the lawsuit. The former three-time All-Pro cornerback now works for ESPN, but has since been suspended since the accusations surfaced. The full accusation is available on Deadspin
"...came into Plaintiff’s office pretending to ask for help with his clothes so he could grab and push/rub his body against Plaintiff. Mr. Davis made lewd comments to Plaintiff in her office and while on set, such as, “when are we going to spend time together?”... When Plaintiff slapped his hand away, Mr. Davis aggressively told Plaintiff to never push his hand away again."
Before we get into how ludicrous Davis' behavior is, remember, these are serious accusations, yet are still hearsay. If verified, Davis is definitely a sexual predator. You probably noticed that he looks like a poor man's version of D.L. Hughley, which is irrelevant but still hilarious. And to say "I can't handle your ass it is so luscious" with a straight face is absolutely crazy. Honestly, try saying that to your girlfriend or wife without laughing uncontrollably! It's not even sexy, just creepy as hell!
6 Donovan McNabb
The other current ESPN employee who was suspended due to these allegations is former NFL quarterback, Donovan McNabb. The six-time Pro Bowler was the pride of Philly and had his No. 5 retired in 2013. He led the Eagles to four-straight NFC Championship games, and received countless accolades throughout his career. Next year, McNabb is eligible for the Hall of Fame, which many experts believe he is on the edge of the ballot, but with his recent suspension, we have to believe voters will restrain from inducting him.
McNabb knew Cantor during his time as an analyst on NFL Network from 2012-2015. Out of all the comments we have heard from Cantor's lawsuit, No. 5's supposed texts are the most salacious, including asking her if she was a "squirter".
COME ON, man! You are a superstar, a legend, an icon, why do you have to go making lame puns to wardrobe artists. Truly, truly, sickening.
5 Warren Sapp
The last NFLer named in the Cantor suit is Hall of Fame defensive tackle, Warren Sapp. The "QB Killa" is no stranger to these types of allegations, as he was charged with domestic battery in 2010, and soliciting prostitutes at the Super Bowl in 2015, which ultimately led to his termination at the NFL Network. In the lawsuit, Sapp was accused of the following:
"...came into the restroom while Plaintiff was preparing clothes, and urinated in front of her. Plaintiff screamed at him to get out, but Mr. Sapp laughed and told Plaintiff, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our sh***er.” Plaintiff complained to the NFL, but nothing was done until Plaintiff told the NFL she would work in the hallway. Mr. Sapp also gave Plaintiff sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row, showed Plaintiff nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with, and openly talked about his sex life in front of Plaintiff and other NFL employees, including supervisors."
Those are some pretty heavy accusations. In fact, Sapp was the first NFLer to come forward responding to Cantor's comments, in the most brash way possible.
I’m sorry thought they was cute! pic.twitter.com/HuiO0CvkvO— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) December 13, 2017
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to twitter, posting a vibrator, captioning two posts, "You thinking Sex Now?" and "I'm sorry thought they was cute." He also tweeted out "#notmetoo." I want to laugh so hard, but can't deny that his alleged actions are f***ed up.
That's it for the Cantor lawsuit... for now. Keep a close eye on this story in the coming months to see if any of these accusations turn into convictions.
4 Brett Favre
Oh, you thought we would save the scrub players at the end. Nope, we saved some of the best stories for last. Hall of Fame quarterback and Packers' legend, Brett Favre, was caught up in a sex scandal with Jets reporter, Jenn Sterger back in 2010. Favre was sending pics of his genitals and suggestive voicemails to Sterger's phone. The crazy thing is that she looks exactly like Favre's wife, Deanna. "The Gunslinger" was only fined $50,000 by the league for the incident.
After the original scandal, in 2011, two more women, massage therapists for the Jets, sued the quarterback for sexual harrasment. According to the suit, Favre was attempting to coerce the masseuses to engage in a three-way with him. Texts messages appeared, stating "Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I'm all alone." In 2013, the plaintiffs settled with Favre for an undisclosed amount, but we imagine they are set for life.
3 Julian Edelman
Edelman is just another "Bro." Between him and Gronkowski, I imagine the Patriots' locker to be one big frat party. Maybe a keg of Natty hidden in a locker, crappy EDM beats blaring from the speakers, and a strict 2:1 girls to guys ratio policy. Despite being a key member of the Patriots' epic comeback in Super Bowl LI, the former Kent State Golden Flash receiver has been sidelined in 2017 with a torn ACL.
Back in 2011, "Minitron" was accused of groping a woman at Halloween party in Boston. According to the police report, Edelman reached under the woman's costume and "grabbed her vagina." The woman was shocked, per a male witness, and they were all kicked out of the club. While he did stand trial, the prosecution terminated the case after video evidence revealed that the "physical contact between the two was fleeting," and did not warrant a crime.
2 Jameis Winston
The former Florida State QB who was convicted of copping crab legs in college, recently tried to cop something else. Reports surfaced in November 2017 that Winston allegedly groped a female Uber driver in March of 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Due to these accusations, the incident is currently being investigated by the NFL.
To get into some more details, the accuser, who goes by Kate, said that during a late-night fast food stop, Jameis "reached over and put his fingers on my crotch. It wasn't accidental." While the Tampa Bay team captain vehemently denies any wrongdoing took place, Uber has suspended his account.
A few days after the accusations, a college teammate, Ronald Darby, stepped forward, admitting he was with Winston that night, validating Winston's claim of innocence. A lot of the details in this story seem sketchy, but you never know what type of punishment Goodell and company will issue; just ask 'Zeke!
1 Ben Roethlisberger
Not one, but two super... crazy stories about Ben Roethlisberger allegedly raping women. The two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback got into hot water earlier in his career, but was never convicted of any wrongdoing.
The first incident occurred in Lake Tahoe in 2008, when Andrea McNulty, who was working as a casino host, was allegedly assaulted by Roethlisberger in his hotel room. Apparently, he called down to the lobby for assistance with his TV remote, but when McNulty arrived, he kissed her forcibly. She filed a suit against the QB, but it was eventually settled out of court when a co-worker testified that McNulty was bragging that she had consensual sex with Big Ben.
When when case closes, another one opens. That's the saying in Pittsburgh, right? In 2010, Ben was accused of raping a 20-year-old in a bathroom at a night club in Georgia. Roethlisberger claims nothing happened, and she slipped and hit her head. He eventually hired Ed Garland, the attorney that helped Ray Lewis beat a murder rap. When the 20-year-old arrived at the hospital in a daze, the doctors noted "slight bleeding in the genital area" but could not find semen to confirm DNA. The prosecutors never formally charged Big Ben, but it's clear that some kind of negligence occurred. The NFL suspended Roethlisberger six games for misconduct, but both of these stories are folklore today.