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Mason Rudolph Finalist for Jason Witten Award

Mason Rudolph Finalist for Jason Witten Award

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is one of three finalists for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.

The award is named after Dallas Cowboys star and former Tennessee tight end Jason Witten.

Rudolph is joined as a finalist by Jim Thorpe Award winner Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama and Central Florida’s Shaquem Griffin.

 Texas,The winner will be announced at a banquet in Frisco, on February 22.

 five of them former N.F.L. players,Six current and former NFL Network employees, were suspended by their employers after they were named in a lawsuit claiming they had sexually harassed and assaulted a former colleague.

The NFL Network suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor pending an investigation in response to the suit.

 who have shows on ESPN Radio. McNabb and Davis “will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis,” spokesman said.

 Eric Weinberger, the president of the Bill Simmons Media Group and a former NFL Network executive,In addition, was suspended by the media group.

” a spokesman for the Bill Simmons Media Group said in a statement. “We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the N.F.L.,“These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.”

 Jami Cantor, in Los Angeles Superior Court in October. Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises, the league’s media arm that operates the network, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for the network, claimed age and sex discrimination,The allegations were made in a lawsuit by a former NFL Network employee, among other complaints., sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination

 who was employed by the network from 2006 until she was fired in October 2016,Cantor, filed an amended complaint on Monday that more fully laid out repeated instances of sexual harassment and assault she said she suffered while working for the network.

 a Hall of Fame running back, asked personal questions about her sex life, Cantor said that Faulk, fondled her and exposed his genitals while demanding oral sex; that Evans, a former fullback,In the complaint, sent her a video that showed him masturbating.,[url=http://www.cowboysfootballauthentic.com/randy-gregory-jersey-authentic]Authentic Randy Gregory Jersey[/url], sent nude pictures and propositioned her; and that Taylor, a former cornerback

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 but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015. Davis left the network in 2016,McNabb left NFL Network in 2013, and appears frequently on Fox Sports; a spokesman there declined to comment. Weinberger left the network in 2015.

 a former player and an ex-NFL Network analyst, as well as by Marc Watts,The lawsuit also said Cantor had been harassed by Warren Sapp,[url=http://www.cowboysfootballauthentic.com/taco-charlton-jersey-authentic]Authentic Taco Charlton Jersey[/url], a former talent coordinator for the network. Sapp was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested on charges of assault and soliciting prostitution.

” Cantor’s lawyer, the supervisors observed it, Laura Horton,“The supervisors knew about it, said in an interview on Monday. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”

NFL Network declined to comment beyond its initial statement announcing the suspensions. Weinberger,[url=http://www.cowboysfootballauthentic.com/chidobe-awuzie-jersey-authentic]Authentic Chidobe Awuzie Jersey[/url], Taylor and McNabb did not respond to requests for comment; a representative for Faulk and Evans did not respond to a request for comment; Davis could not be reached for comment.

 according to two people familiar with the email. And the N.F.L. is considering hiring an outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation, as Fox News did last year to investigate allegations of sexual harassment by the longtime network chief Roger Ailes,The network sent employees an email on Tuesday asking them not to comment on the allegations with anyone in the media, according to a person involved in the discussions who was not authorized to speak publicly about them.

 won the Super Bowl with the Rams after the 1999 season and retired in 2007. Taylor spent his 12-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a seven-time Pro Bowler who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams,[url=http://www.cowboysfootballauthentic.com/jourdan-lewis-jersey-authentic]Authentic Jourdan Lewis Jersey[/url], winning two Super Bowl titles before retiring in 2015. Evans played for four teams across 10 seasons,All five players suspended had long and successful N.F.L. careers Faulk, winning a championship with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He retired in 2011.

 primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles, before retiring in 2013. Davis played for 13 years and four teams,McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowler who played for three teams across a 13-year career,[url=http://www.cowboysfootballauthentic.com/ryan-switzer-jersey-authentic]Authentic Ryan Switzer Jersey[/url], retiring in 2003.

The lawsuit and suspensions are the latest in a wave of sexual harassment scandals that have led to firings and resignations of powerful men across a number of industries after a New York Times investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and abuse against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

 the former major league catcher Gregg Zaun was fired from his job as an analyst after inappropriate behavior,They are not the first accusations to hit the sports world — Fox Sports fired the executive Jamie Horowitz after claims of sexual misconduct in July, and the former N.F.L. quarterback Warren Moon was accused of harassment last week. They are certainly the most high-profile to date.

 a bruising fight among owners over the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, a protracted lawsuit over the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after he was accused of domestic violence,They are also the latest in a string of bad news for the N.F.L. This season has seen continued protests during the national anthem, and falling television ratings.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is set to earn a massive raise this offseason as the NFL sack leader approaches free agency, but he’s going to be a little lighter in the pocket temporarily after their game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Lawrence was held sackless for the fourth time in the last six games in a 30-10 victory and he thought he was being held regularly against the Giants. Afterward, he went off on officials and made a statement that will almost certainly get him fined.

Lawrence has 13.5 sacks on the year in the final season of his rookie contract. And just about every sack he makes at this point adds to the value he’ll be able to command in the offseason.

More importantly, the Cowboys defense is dependent on getting pressure from the front four to win football games. So it’s understandable that he’d feel frustrated if he’s being held routinely and kept from making a meaningful impact on the game by blown calls.

 any leeway he might have to make critical comments about the officiating goes out the window when you make blanket statements like, “F*** the refs.” Even worse,However, you certainly don’t curry any favor with the officials in the remaining three games by insulting the entire profession.

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