Tex Hollywood - March 14, 2023
The former Cowboys star was sent home from Super Bowl coverage last month because the Marriott alleged that he touched a hotel employee's arm without her consent during an interaction in the lobby during the Super Bowl Week.
Michael Irvin has denied the allegations and is moving his 100 million dollar lawsuit to Arizona, where the incident happened.
Irvin has denied any wrongdoing and has said that he chatted with the employee for a few minutes about sports.
Marriott is standing by their employees, saying that the interaction made the employee visibly uncomfortable.
There was a time, not so long ago, where the valued privacy of important guests, or really any guest top priority. Hotels went out of their way to accommodate and to have discretion in dealing with their guests, and any employees who misspoke or overreacted would get fired.
There was also a time, not so long ago, where human interaction sometimes included a touch on the arm, or back and it wasn't seen as creepy, sexual or predatory behavior. Thanks to computer screens, we are basically robots with one another.
Now I am not saying to go touch every employee in every location you enter, keep them hands to yourself.
I am not saying Irvin is innocent, because the hotel is saying that he asked the employee if she knew anything about "having a big black man inside her" and then apologized if it brought up old memories.
I don't know if that qualifies as talking sports and is probably why the hotel is standing by their employee, because maybe, just maybe, he crossed the line.
Irvin's team released video footage of the interaction, which shows the employee shake his hand after he touched her elbow during the conversation. It isn't quite what he is being accused of and Irvin says he does not speak the way he is being accused of speaking, so someone in all this is lying!
NEW VIDEO: Lawyers for Michael Irvin show the surveillance video from the hotel where an employee mad a sexual assault allegation against Irvin. The length of the conversation was for nearly 2 minutes. Irvin says he talked to the woman about the sports shows he’s on. @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/1IRvzB0UmP
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialFox4) March 14, 2023
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