Former NFL Network reporter says a hiring manager asked during her interview if she planned on 'getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them'

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  • Former NFL Network reporter Lindsay McCormick said she encountered sexism while at the network.
  • McCormick said a hiring manager asked her if she “planned on getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them.”
  • McCormick’s comments come after a former NFL Network employee accused several former and current NFL Network employees of sexual misconduct.

Lindsay McCormick, a former NFL Network reporter who has also worked for ESPN and NBC, said in an Instagram post that she encountered sexism while interviewing for a position at the NFL Network.

McCormick’s comment came after a lawsuit was filed accusing several current and former NFL Network employees of sexual harassment and assault.

McCormick said that while being interviewed, the head of hiring talent asked her, “Do you plan on getting knocked up immediately like the rest of them?”

McCormick said she had not shared the information for “too long” and came out in defence of other female reporters working in a “man’s world.”

Here is the full comment:

“I’ve been quiet about this for too long. 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. Kudos to NFL Network for eventually removing this man from his position and for the actions they have taken this week.”

The lawsuit revealed on Tuesday was by Jami Cantor, a former stylist at NFL Network, and it accused Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans, Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis, and Eric Weinberger. McNabb and Davis are now contributors for ESPN while Weinberger is president of The Bill Simmons Media Company. All were suspended or placed on leave following the lawsuit.

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