NFL Network’s Michael Irvin Under Investigation by League due to Sexual Assault Case

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NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin may be in hot water over alleged actions in his personal life, according to the NFL.

The husband of Sandy Harrell and father of four children continues to face accusations of sexual impropriety.  In fact, Irvin is a very outspoken proponent of family and fatherhood but openly acknowledges that he made mistakes in his past relationships.

The NFL opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations against the Hall of Fame Wide Receiver. However, it is important to mention that the accusation did not result in the filing of any charges against Irvin.

Although the 51-year-old athlete no longer plays in the NFL, he still must abide by the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy states:

“Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in’ the NFL. This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials, and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network, or any other NFL business.”

In March, a 27-year-old Florida woman accused Irvin of drugging and sexually assaulting her. Immediately, Police officers in Ft. Lauderdale conducted an investigation which lasted until late May.

In July, the Ft. Lauderdale police turned the case over to the Broward County state attorney’s office.  However, the office of the state attorney decided against pursuing charges.   Regardless, the NFL decided that they will conduct their own investigation and make their decision based off of that.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the investigation into Irvin.

“Yes, the investigation is ongoing under the personal conduct policy,” McCarthy told Deadspin via email.

Unfortunately, Irvin is no stranger to sexual assault allegations.  Reportedly, there are three instances where a woman accused Michael Irvin of sexual assault in the past. However, the sports commentator never faced official charges.

In fact, Irvin’s first accuser eventually admitted she lied. Nina Shahravan, a 24-year-old former topless dancer who recanted her accusations, apologized to the player “for putting them through the stuff that I’ve put them through.”

In the second case, Irvin and the woman reached a confidential settlement outside of the courtroom. That was in 2007.

In the third case, a woman accused Irvin and Erik Williams of rape and videotaping her at Williams home in 1997.

To be clear, the NFL suspends and/or fines non-players all of the time. In 2015, the NFL suspended ex-Browns GM Ray Farmer for texting coaches during the game.

Last year the NFL also suspended NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger for comments he made on a Philadelphia radio station.  He said the Eagles should put a bounty on the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott.

However, Irvin’s case is different. This would mark the first time the NFL used extrajudicial disciplinary procedures against a league employee who isn’t a player.

The investigation into Irvin has many similarities to the league’s investigation into Ezekiel Elliott. Although Elliott is a current player and Irvin is an analyst.

Or maybe the NFL hates the Dallas Cowboys… It’s a possibility.


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