The NFL Network is parting ways with analyst Willie McGinest, sources tell Front Office Sports.
McGinest, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, is being sued for allegedly attacking a restaurant patron in West Hollywood on Dec. 9.
McGinest voluntarily surrendered to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 19. He’s facing two felony charges and possibly eight years in prison.
The NFL Network suspended McGinest and removed him from the air pending investigation of the charges, according to ProFootballTalk.
The 51-year University of Southern California alum later issued a statement offering his deepest apologies for his conduct to his family, friends, community and colleagues, and the youths he mentors.
“I feel horrible for my actions and take full responsibility,” McGinest wrote on Dec. 23. “To my colleagues at the NFL Network and those I work closely with as an advisor to professional and community-based organizations, please know I am embarrassed and regret what occurred.”
McGinest is the latest big name to head for the exits at the league’s 24/7 network following the departures of columnist Jim Trotter, anchor/host Rachel Bonnetta and reporter Mike Giardi.
Meanwhile, ESPN is also bracing for sweeping layoffs to comply with Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger’s order to slash 7,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in costs.
McGinest could not be reached. NFL Network declined to comment.