The Status Of Hall-Of-Famer Michael Irvin At NFL Network Has Been Revealed

NFL Analyst Michael Irvin

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It’s been a whirlwind few months for Pro Football Hall-Of-Famer Michael Irvin. The former Dallas Cowboys star and longtime television analyst was immediately removed from television following an alleged incident during Super Bowl Week in Arizona prior to the big game.

The incident stemmed from an alleged altercation between Michael Irvin and a woman in the lobby of a Marriott property in the Phoenix area. Here is the video of the incident.

Seems pretty innocuous, right? Well, that’s why Irvin filed suit against Marriott, claiming there was no misconduct at all. Witnesses have jumped to Irvin’s defense and after a change of venue for the lawsuit, things look promising for Michael Irvin to recoup some damage.

But, he still hasn’t been seen on NFL Network since the incident. And, now we know why. Here’s Pro Football Talk with more details.

Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin has aggressively fought back against allegations of wrongdoing at a Marriott hotel that resulted in Irvin being suspended by NFL Network during Super Bowl week. As draft week approaches, Irvin’s employment status has not changed.

Via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News , NFL Network spokesperson Alex Riethmiller said that Irvin “remains suspended,” and that he won’t be involved in the network’s draft coverage.

This strongly implies that the league believes the allegations against Irvin have merit. And with no definite date for a return, it’s unclear when or if he even will.

It’s unclear whether Irvin is on paid or unpaid suspension. A paid suspension would give the league more flexibility, since a paid suspension would result in no economic harm to Irvin.

NFL Network seems to be treading lightly on this one, and for good reason. On one hand, it potentially risks liability to Irvin, if he’s eventually fired for no valid reason. On the other hand, the league could alienate a long-time sponsor, if it does anything to undermine Marriott’s defense against Irvin’s pending defamation lawsuit.

If Michael Irvin acted innocently here, this whole think really stinks for him. But, it sounds like that the NFL isn’t necessarily buying that. Only time will tell.

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Garrett Carr is a recent graduate of Penn State University and a BroBible writer who focuses on NFL, College Football, MLB, and he currently resides in Pennsylvania.