The Dallas Cowboys didn’t play in the Super Bowl, and they lost whatever representation they might’ve had when NFL Network and ESPN pulled Michael Irvin from their coverage after an employee of hotel chain Marriott International accused Irvin of misconduct during a brief conversation.
Ordered to change hotels on top of losing his Super Bowl privileges, Irvin fired back with a $100 million lawsuit against the female employee and Marriott International for defamation and interference with a business relationship.
Irvin has continued to deny any wrongdoing.
The Hall of Fame receiver claims his conversation with the female employee lasted less than a minute. Witnesses recall the encounter being “distinct,” and that their physical contact amounted to a polite handshake.
The saga took another twist on Thursday when a judge ordered Marriott to send footage of Irvin by Feb. 20. The motion was granted on the same day it was filed by Irvin’s attorney, who believes the video will help exonerate Irvin.
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- The judge ordered Marriott must provide the name of Irvin’s accuser, who was remained anonymous, as well as any other employee who may have levied a complaint against the Cowboys legend. Additionally, the motion states the hotel chain must disclose the names of the NFL employees who received the complaints.
- Marriott is reluctant to release any footage, per the Dallas Morning News. In fact, the hotel establishment filed on Monday to move the case to federal court. Per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, Irvin has named three witnesses in a court filing who witnessed that Irvin did not engage in misconduct.
- Dak Prescott elaborated on his comments about being “sad” over Kellen Moore’s firing: “When you lose a friend, you’re going to be upset, but that’s the nature of this business,” Prescott said, via NFL Network. “When I say I’m upset he’s gone, it’s not that I’m upset about the future. It’s that when you’re a player, you have the relationship we’ve had, when he was a player. [I] watched his success and watched him grow into the coordinator that he is.”
- Prescott added that he’s just as excited about the Cowboys opportunity to shake up the offense as he is for Moore’s fresh start, who was hired by the Chargers as their new offensive coordinator less than 24 hours after Dallas announced his departure.
- Former head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan interviewed for the Broncos defensive coordinator job. Ryan famously led the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and ’10. New York boasted a top 10 defense in five of Ryan’s six seasons as head coach. Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is also a candidate to join Sean Payton’s staff.
- Frank Reich is putting together a loaded staff in Carolina. After hiring Ejiro Evero as defensive coordinator and Jim Caldwell as a senior assistant, as well as as former players Duce Staley, Josh McCown, and DiAngelo Hall as offensive and defensive assistants, Reich appointed Rams assistant head coach and tight ends coach Thomas Brown as his new offensive coordinator. Brown, 36, has 12 years of experience as an NFL assistant.