Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
According to TMZ Sports, a 27-year-old Florida woman filed a police report saying she feared Irvin had drugged and raped her after she went with him from a bar to his hotel room in the early hours of March 21.
Irvin denied the allegations, saying he was only in his hotel room with the woman for 15 minutes before leaving to catch a flight and that another man was present while she was there.
“He has been named as someone who is being investigated in the case, but he has not been charged with any offense and has not been arrested,” detective Tracy Figone said, per Linda Trischitta of the Sun Sentinel.
Per TMZ Sports, Irvin's lawyer, Larry Friedman, said the following with regard to the allegations:
Michael was in Ft. Lauderdale visiting his nieces and nephews at a track meet. He was also visiting his 90-year-old aunt and attending her birthday party. He was blindsided by news of these allegations.
The allegations are completely false. In the few hours since we've learned about them we've already discovered many red flags about this young woman's background and the allegations she made against Michael. Even the complaint that she made specifically says she does not recall the events that took place. She was very drunk that night. Nothing happened and there was no assault.
The 51-year-old Irvin spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, winning three Super Bowls and being named to the Pro Bowl three times.
He is currently an analyst for NFL Network. NBC Sports' Michael David Smith noted that NFL Network declined to comment when contacted.
Irvin was previously accused of sexual assault in 2007 and faced a civil lawsuit, but the matter was settled out of court for an unspecified amount.