Michael Irving is a former American football player who is widely considered one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. He played for the Dallas Cowboys for the majority of his career, helping the team win three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s. Irving was known for his exceptional athleticism, precise route-running, and clutch performances in big games.
The former Dallas Cowboys star was on the NFL’s Super Bowl panel until he was kicked off after a woman filed a complaint against him for an unsolicited interaction that allegedly took place at a Marriott hotel in Arizona.
Michael Irving, who is seeking $100 million in damages from Jane Doe addressed the situation at a recent press conference and compared the claims to that of a modern-day lynching.
“This takes me back to a time where a white woman would accuse a black man of something and they would take a bunch of guys that were above the law, run in the barn, put a rope around his foot and drag him through the mud and hang him by the tree.”
According to RadarOnline.com, the Marriot released key details they failed to disclose initially in their motion to dismiss the suit. They claimed the victim made a complaint about Irving making unwanted sexual advances by asking if she, “knew anything about having a big black man inside of [her].'”
“Irvin’s counsel provided a self-serving, inaccurate summary of the video footage Marriott produced, including his claim that the footage proves Irvin did nothing wrong,” wrote the hotel.
The video shown to the court shows Irving reaching out and touching Jane Doe’s arm without her consent. They pointed out how uncomfortable the victim was and how she attempted to leave the situation at various moments.
According to the lawsuit, two other hotel employees also noticed the woman in an uncomfortable state when she returned to work. The woman then filed a complaint with her manager the next day who asked her to file a complaint with Loss Prevention.
The filing also noted that Michael turned to another employee during the alleged incident and said out loud “she bad” and “I want to hit that” before slapping himself in the face three times saying “keep it together Mike.”
Michael Irving’s lawyers argued that he was only seen touching the woman four times throughout the video, twice for a handshake and two times on the elbow. The lawyer also said that she never acts upset during the alleged incident.
“She never acts upset,” the lawyer said. “She doesn’t act like there’s any problems at all.”
These accusations are quite serious and could ruin Irving’s chances of being a panelist in the NFL in the future. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News as we bring you similar stories.
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