Dallas Cowboys fans were taken for a loop early last week when NFL Network discontinued Michael Irvin’s coverage of the Super Bowl.
A woman whom Irvin met in an Arizona hotel lobby accused the Hall of Fame receiver of misconduct. Irvin vehemently denied any wrongdoing, stating the exchange involved a handshake and a less-than-minute conversation (45 seconds to be exact) before he and the woman went their separate ways.
Irvin was ordered to change hotels, and was pulled from his Friday appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” after losing his NFL Network privileges.
The Cowboys legend contended there was nothing physical about the encounter, though he admitted to having a few drinks with a friend earlier that night, which would explain why he doesn’t have a full recollection of the conversation.
Nevertheless, Irvin has responded in the form of a $100 million defamation lawsuit both against the woman who accused him of misconduct, an apparent employee of the hotel, as well as Marriott International.
More Cowboys News:
- “It was very distinct,” witness Bryn Davis told the Dallas Morning News. “I remember where his hands were because I remember thinking he was in good shape for an almost 60-year-old guy. He leaned over, shook her hand, and I am telling you right now: That conversation was [about] 30 seconds. If it was a minute, I would be shocked. I think 30 seconds.”
- Irvin’s legal team issued the following statement to TMZ: “It is clear Michael is the latest victim of our cancel culture where all it takes is an accusation to ruin a person’s life. Michael looks forward to clearing his name in court and hopes the court of public opinion will see the truth come out as well.”
- Transitioning to the 2023 NFL Draft, coveted Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba spoke with our friends over at Blogging The Boys about the prospect of being draft by the Cowboys. Smith-Njigba was raised in Rockwall, TX, and played most of his high school ball in the Lone Star State.
- “Just growing up right there in Rockwall, just close and all my family. Being a Cowboy, it would definitely be a blessing and an honor,” Smith-Njigba said. “I know that star on that helmet means something. Growing up I always loved watching them play. It was hard sometimes, I’ve been there with the fans. Ups and downs. It would be a blessing wherever I go, but definitely special if I was a Cowboy.”
- The Colts have zeroed in on Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to be their next head coach, per ESPN. This news came two days after Indianapolis informed two candidates — Giants DC Wink Martindale and Bengals OC Brian Callahan — that they were out of the running for the job.
- Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni could lose his other top coordinator. On Sunday, news broke the Cardinals will interview defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon for their HC vacancy. Gannon will stay in Arizona regardless of the result, and joins Giants OC Mike Kafka and Bengals DC Lou Anarumo, who secured second interviews this week, as the three finalists for the gig.
- If Steichen and Gannon leave the Eagles to become head coaches, Philly will become the first team since the 2013 Bengals to lose their offensive and defensive coordinators to head coaching jobs in the same offseason.