NFL Network pulls Michael Irvin from Super Bowl coverage

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Network pulled Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin off the air for coverage this week leading up to Super Bowl LVII after a woman complained about Irvin’s conduct on Sunday.

“Michael Irvin will not be part of the NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said in a statement.

The specific nature of the complaint against Irvin wasn’t known Wednesday. He took part in Media Night festivities on Monday.

Irvin, 56, told The Dallas Morning News that he had he had a brief encounter with the woman in a hotel lobby and that they shook hands.

“Honestly, I’m a bit baffled with it all,” Irvin told the newspaper. “This all happened in a 45-second conversation in the lobby. When I got back after going out … I came into the lobby, and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl. I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds.

“We shook hands. Then, I left. … That’s all I know.”

Irvin said he couldn’t remember anything else.

“I don’t really recall that conversation, to tell you the truth,” Irvin said. “We were out drinking. It was just a friendly conversation. ‘What’s up?’ I don’t even know.”

“I am totally perplexed,” he continued. “That’s honestly all that happened. Nobody was in my room. It was a 45-second conversation in the lobby, a handshake and we left. … I don’t know. I don’t know what this is, and it’s running me crazy.”

Irvin won three Super Bowl championships with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s. The wide receiver was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

He joined NFL Network as an analyst in 2009.

–Field Level Media

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