Hall of Fame broad receiver Michael Irvin held a press convention together with his authorized group and two witnesses Wednesday to disclaim allegations of inappropriate misconduct leveled towards him by a Phoenix, Arizona, lodge worker throughout Super Bowl week, accusations that his lawyer calls “nonsense.”
Irvin, who has filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit towards “Jane Doe” and Marriott International Inc., claimed he was kicked out of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in the course of the evening on Feb. 5 after a lodge worker accused him of misconduct following their transient interplay.
Both Irvin and his lawyer, Levi McCathern, stated they weren’t given an sufficient alternative to view a video of the supposed encounter or get entry to a replica of it.
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“We have filed an emergency plaintiffs motion to enforce [a] court order to try and get the video. It was filed this morning,” McCathern advised reporters.
“We’re hopeful we’ll get the video to share it, but we think we’re far enough along in the case now to say this case is nonsense. … The allegations are nonsense, and we need to immediately get Michael back to work, and I believe that Renaissance needs to apologize to him.”
Irvin gave an emotional assertion through which he claimed that he nonetheless has no data of the small print of the allegations towards him.
“This sickens me because in this great country, 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 a barn, put a rope around his foot and drag him through the mud – and hang him by the tree. Not a thought about what would happen, not investigation, not after repeated attempts of people trying to go and say, ‘Guys, here is what really happened.’”
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“How can I defend myself if I don’t even know what I am defending myself against?” he stated, earlier than including, “This just blows my mind that in 2023 we’re still dragging and hanging brothers by a tree. That blows my mind that I have no opportunity to defend – I don’t even know what I’m defending.”
According to McCathern, the video exhibits Irvin and the lady meet and shake arms within the lodge foyer. Aside from shaking her hand to greet her and say goodbye, McCathern stated Irvin touched her elbow two instances earlier than leaving.
Two witnesses, Phil Watkins of Australia and Bryn Davis of Philadelphia, additionally appeared on the press convention and detailed their model of the interplay.
“There was nothing really untoward out of the interaction,” Watkins stated, including that the worker approached Irvin. “Basically, I heard some laughter. I looked up, there was a few handshakes. There was some more laughter, and they went their separate ways.”
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Davis added that the group, which was on a enterprise journey, supplied to purchase Irvin a drink on the lodge bar, which he declined due to his work obligations the next morning. Irvin supplied an image as an alternative and the group headed to the foyer the place the interplay was alleged to have taken place.
“They had a very brief interaction that was super friendly, lots of laughter, and Michael went back to his room,” Davis stated of the alleged encounter.