Former Cowboys star Michael Irvin was part of NFL Network’s Super Bowl coverage on Monday night, but he won’t appear on any other Super Bowl coverage going forward after being pulled from the network following a complaint alleged about his conduct.
According to Dallas Morning News, a woman from the Irvin hotel filed a lawsuit against the Pro Football Hall of Famer after a meeting with him on Sunday. It’s unclear exactly what happened during the encounter, but NFL Media has confirmed that Irvin was removed from its Super Bowl coverage this week.
“Michael Irvin will not be part of the NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” NFL Network said in a statement to DMN.
While NFL Network didn’t provide any specific details about the incident, Irvin has been busy telling his side of the story. The three-time Super Bowl winner told the Dallas Morning News that he does not know why he is being punished. According to Irvin, he briefly spoke to a woman in the lobby of his hotel on Sunday, but the entire encounter lasted less than a minute.
“Honestly, I’m a little confused by the whole thing,” Irvin said. “This all happened during a 45 second conversation in the lobby. When I came back from leaving…I walked into the lobby and spoke to someone. I spoke to this girl. I don’t know her and I talked to her for about 45 seconds.”
Irvin also noted that the only physical contact that took place during the brief encounter was a handshake.
“We shook hands,” Irvin said. “Then, I left. … That’s all I know.”
Although Irvin remembers meeting the woman, he does not remember what was said during their brief conversation.
“I don’t really remember that conversation, to tell you the truth,” Irvin said. “We were out drinking. It was just a friendly chat. ‘What’s up?’ I don’t even know. … I’m totally puzzled.”
According to Irvin, he spoke with the woman for about 45 seconds.
“What law have I broken? Irvin said. “There was definitely nothing physical. … That’s honestly all that happened. No one was in my room. It was a 45 second conversation in the lobby, a handshake and we we’re gone. … I don’t know. I don’t know what this is, and it’s driving me crazy.”
In a separate radio interview, Irvin mentioned that the encounter was caught on a hotel security camera, but he wasn’t sure what the video showed because he hadn’t seen it yet.
“They said, ‘Well, last night you came in – did you talk to anyone?’ And I said, “I haven’t talked to anybody. I went straight to my room,'” Irvin told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Wednesday. “And then they showed on camera that I had talked to someone. I talked to this girl for about a minute. They didn’t show [me the video]. They told me [that I was on video talking to her]. I don’t know what she looks like or anything.”
Following the incident, Irvin was moved to another hotel.
“That’s why they moved me. Because the girl said I said something to her the minute we spoke,” Irvin said (you can hear his entire radio interview here ).
According to Dallas Morning News, Arizona police have not received any kind of complaint regarding Irvin’s encounter. It’s unclear when the NFL Network became aware of the complaint, but Irvin was working as recently as Monday night.
On opening night of the Super Bowl, Irvin interviewed several players and coaches from both teams, including Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni. However, Irvin was off the air Tuesday and won’t be for the rest of the week. Irvin has worked for the NFL Network since 2009.