Attorneys for Michael Irvin have made public a surveillance video of his interaction with a female hotel employee in which he is alleged to have been involved in some kind of misconduct. The incident caused the NFL Network to pull the former Cowboys receiver from his position as Super LVII commentator upon an investigation.
That discovery has begun to finally take place, as a video released this week appears to show the Hall of Fame receiver chatting with the woman for around two minutes before the two shook hands and went their separate ways. Other than that, Irvin appeared to touch her elbow twice during their brief exchange.
There is no audio to accompany the video footage. Marriott representatives say that the sound tells a different story of what happened between Michael Irvin and the woman. They say the NFL Hall of Famer did much more than exchange simple pleasantries.
Contrary to “The Playmaker’s” version of events, the hotel chain alleges that he was “visibly intoxicated” and made the employee “visibly uncomfortable.” They also claim that Irvin asked her a sexually explicit question.
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“Irvin also reached out and touched the Victim’s arm during this conversation without her consent, causing her to step back, becoming visibly uncomfortable. Irvin then asked the Victim whether she knew anything about having a ‘big Black man inside of [her],’” the suit states.
Marriott says that the former wide receiver was especially aggressive with the employee.
“Irvin then attempted to grab the Victim’s hand again and said he was ‘sorry if he brought up bad memories for her.’ The Victim pulled her hand away and tried to back away from Irvin as he continued to move towards her.”
From the very beginning, Irvin has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. He spoke out not long after he was handed the aforementioned punishment and forced to sit out the Super Bowl coverage.
“We shook hands. Then, I left… That’s all I know,” Irvin told The Dallas Morning News. Neither he nor his attorney has wavered from that original statement.
He repeated a similar story when he re-told his version on 105.3 the Fan in Dallas.
“I guess I had met somebody in the lobby. Talked to somebody in the lobby for about a minute and then I went to my room. And then after I got up there, they said they had to move me in the hotel. I said, ‘Move me in the hotel for what?’”
Michael Irvin had a mercurial 12-year career in Dallas, winning three Spur Bowls alongside fellow Hall of Famers, quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith. He finished his career with 11,904 yards and 65 TDs, but was often plagued by off-the-field issues and controversy
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