David Eaton is the vice president and executive editor for NFL Media, which comprises the NFL website and television channel. (According to a 2011 story about his hiring as a new editor, the ABC News veteran was brought in to run the “NFL Media Super Newsroom.”) He appears to have spent much of yesterday deleting years’ worth of Twitter interactions with and unfollowing hundreds of accounts of escorts and porn stars; the entire Twitter account was deleted in the afternoon.
The busy day for Eaton’s Twitter account came just one day after NFL Network suspended Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans after they were named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist.
Eaton’s online horniness consisted of sometimes mundane, sometimes racy, and often one-sided banter with escorts, former escorts, and porn stars.
There was this inscrutable exchange with porn star Zoey Holloway:
And this less inscrutable exchange with the same account:
At least once he talked about, uh, cooking techniques with former escort Olivia LaRoux:
And then there was whatever this was about:
On at least one occasion, he tried to discuss literature with this account featuring a topless woman avatar:
According to former NFL Network employees, Eaton’s public Twitter chats had been an ongoing subject of discussion among employees for quite some time; why they vanished yesterday isn’t clear. An NFL Media spokesman declined to comment on the record. Eaton has not yet responded to messages, but we will update if he does. In the meantime, if there’s anything you think we should know about NFL Network, you can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via SecureDrop for extra security.