NFL Network Pulls Michael Irvin from Super Bowl Programming After Accusation of Inappropriate Behavior
According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, NFL Media has pulled Michael Irvin from the remainder of the Super Bowl week programming after a complaint from a woman was received regarding his conduct toward her.
“Michael Irvin will not be a part of NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” said Alex Riethmiller, NFL Media vice president of communications, in a statement.
The alleged incident occurred on Sunday night in the lobby of the hotel where Irvin was staying. The report at the Dallas Morning News doesn’t indicate what the accusations were by the female complainant and notes that NFL Media did not release here name.
Irvin insists that he did nothing wrong, and claims that the interaction last no longer than a minute.
“Honestly, I’m a bit baffled with it all,” Irvin said. “This all happened in a 45-second conversation in the lobby. When I got back after going out … I came into the lobby, and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl, I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds.
“We shook hands. Then, I left. … That’s all I know.”
Irvin told the Dallas Morning News that he had never seen the woman before and didn’t understand the issue.
Still, Irvin added that he was “out drinking,” making it hard for him to dispute her version if the drinking potentially impaired his memory of the interaction. Still, Irving insists that the incident was nothing sexual.
“I don’t really recall that conversation, to tell you the truth,” Irvin said. “We were out drinking. It was just a friendly conversation. ‘What’s up?’ I don’t even know. … I am totally perplexed.”
Irvin also makes regular appearances on ESPN’s NFL coverage and is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage later this week. However, ESPN declined to comment on the situation on Wednesday morning.
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