Cell phone video has surfaced that shows embattled NFL legend Michael Irvin speaking to two women in a hotel bar in Phoenix.
Irvin, 56, was sent home from Phoenix after a woman complained to the NFL Network about his behavior on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver-turned-sports analyst was told he will not cover Super Bowl LVII for the NFL Network after a woman complained that he “said something” to her at a hotel.
“Michael Irvin will not be part of the NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Reithmiller told DailyMail.com in a statement on Wednesday.
ESPN also announced Irvin will not make any appearances for the sports network this week.
The video, which was uploaded to Twitter on Monday, Feb. 6, shows Irvin talking to a group of people – including 2 women – in a hotel bar. It’s difficult to hear what he’s saying, but he does utter profanity.
Both women seemed to be at ease in his presence. They both laughed as he spoke. It’s unclear if this is the incident that led to Irvin being sent home from the Super Bowl by the NFL Network and ESPN.
First full day in PHX with the MICE MEDIA team…
… and we round out an epic day closing down the bar with the new homey, @NFL hall of fame icon, @espn analyst, and @dallascowboys legend MICHAEL IRVIN ?? @michaelirvin88 ?? pic.twitter.com/mw9rVaw7hL
— MI?ESTRO ? (@bryndavis) February 6, 2023
Irvin, 56, gave his side of the story to Dallas radio station 105.3 the Fan on Wednesday morning. He said he had a “few drinks” and briefly spoke with a woman in his hotel lobby, but can’t remember what he said to her.
Irvin said he was confronted after he returned to the hotel, and was told that he had to be moved to a different hotel.
“When I came into the hotel [on Sunday night], they asked what I did and I said, ‘I just went straight to the room,'” Irvin said. “But 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?'”
“So they moved my hotel, and I said, ‘What’s going on, guys? What’s happening? Why are we moving hotels?'”
“They said, ‘Well, last night you walked in, you talked to somebody.’ I said, ‘I didn’t talk to anybody. I went straight to the room.'”
Irvin said the brief encounter was captured on surveillance video, but he didn’t view the footage.
“And then they showed it on camera that I did talk to somebody. I talked to this girl for about a minute. I don’t know what — they didn’t show it to me. They told it to me. I didn’t see it. But that’s why they moved me, because I guess the girl said I said something to her within that minute that we talked, and so they moved me.”
He continued: “That’s why I’m kind of hiding to wait and see how everything comes down. It was a minute meeting somewhere in the lobby. I don’t even remember it really because I had a few drinks, to tell you the truth.”
Irvin told the Dallas Morning News that his only physical interaction with the woman was a brief handshake.
Irvin has faced other accusations about misconduct in the past.
Fellas it's Sad to say
But there are some women you CANNOT talk to …. Period!
Especially if you're well known , a Former professional athlete, a Current professional athlete or Wealthy
You gonna end up suspended or slapped with a Lawsuit for your coins ?#NFL #SuperBowlLVII
— THATJ GURL (@GurlThatj) February 9, 2023
And this was probably the conversation that got him fired because those two women probably felt in danger wow
— starskyanbutch (@starskyanbutch) February 9, 2023
LOL I KNOW THIS AINT THE VIDEO YALL SUSPENDED HIM FOR NOW
— Whittles #BLM (@whittles06) February 9, 2023
Unless Michael Irvin is just a complete liar, it sounds like his interaction with this woman added up to absolutely nothing. Its total BS to have him removed from Super Bowl coverage.
Meanwhile, Dana White literally got to choose his punishment for pimp slapping his wife.
— Doug (@dwoverdrive) February 9, 2023