NFL Network boots analyst Michael Irvin from Super Bowl coverage after hotel incident

Something happened when NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin was checking into his hotel to begin coverage of Super Bowl LVII. As a result, the NFL Network is checking him out of plans to cover the event.

A woman made an unspecified complaint against Irvine as the catalyst for his abrupt dismissal. The incident happened between the two while he was checking into a hotel in Arizona. It is not known what was said in return or the nature of the complaint.

NFL Network issued a statement.

“Michael Irvin will not be part of NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl 2023 week,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Rethmiller said in a statement, but did not elaborate.

Irvin did an interview with “Shan & RJ” on 105.3 to explain his side of the story.

“Sunday night … when I got to the hotel, they asked what I did and I said, ‘I went straight to the room,’ ” Irvin said. “But I think I met someone in the lobby. After talking to someone in the lobby for about a minute I went to my room. And then after I got there, they said they had to take me to the hotel. I said, ‘Why move me to the hotel?’

“So they moved my hotel, and I said, ‘What’s going on, guys? What’s going on? Why are we moving the hotel?’

“They said, ‘Well, you went in last night, talked to somebody.’ I said, ‘I didn’t talk to anyone. I went straight to the room.’ And then they showed on camera that I talked to someone. I talked to this girl for about a minute. I don’t know what – they didn’t show it to me. They told me that. I haven’t seen it. But that’s why they moved me, because I think the girl said I said something to her in the minute we talked and that’s why they moved me.”

“That’s why I’m hiding to wait and see,” Irvin added. “It was a one-minute meeting somewhere in the lobby. I don’t really remember it because I had a few drinks to tell you the truth.”

Irvin told the Dallas Morning News that there was no physical contact with the woman beyond a handshake.

In 1996, Irvine was arrested in a hotel room that contained topless dancers and cocaine. He pleaded no contest to a cocaine possession charge and was suspended for the first five games of the 1996 season. He was arrested in 2001 for possession of cocaine; The charges were later dropped

In 2007, Irvine was charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident at a casino in Florida. No criminal case was filed against him in this incident. He faced a civil suit, filed a counterclaim, and the matter was eventually settled out of court.

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