Michael Irvin will not be attending any of his scheduled appearances this week at Super Bowl 57 in Glendale due to an accusation of misconduct from a woman whom he has an interaction with at his hotel on Sunday.
The former NFL great and current television host/personality described his interaction with the woman in question as a public and largely non-physical encounter. He said he engaged in no physical contact with the woman beyond a handshake when they parted ways.
“Honestly, I’m a bit baffled with it all,” Irvin said. “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, a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, said he hadn’t seen the woman before or since their talk, which he estimated lasted up to a minute. He said he is unable to recall the full nature of their conversation but insisted the only physical contact between the two was the handshake.
“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.”
Irvin indicated there is video of the lobby encounter but has not personally viewed the footage. He said he does not know the woman’s name.
A Glendale police spokesperson and officials from other local police agencies said Tuesday they have no knowledge of any incident involving Irvin. Irvin said there “absolutely was no sexual wrongdoing.”