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Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin has reached a settlement with the Marriott hotel chain in his $100 million defamation lawsuit dating back to February. The settlement paved the way for Irvin to once again appear on NFL Network for the first time since the outlet’s Super Bowl coverage began on Feb. 6.
The late-breaking development was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.
“Michael Irvin has been reinstated and will be a part of NFL Network’s coverage of the 2023 season,” said Alex Riethmiller, NFL Media vice president of communication, via a statement.
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Irvin had been indefinitely suspended from the network following claims from a Phoenix Marriott employee that the Hall of Famer made sexually lewd comments to her in a hotel lobby. Irvin admitted that he did not recall all of the exact details of his exchange with the woman but denied her accusations; several eyewitnesses had come forward backing up Irvin’s version of events that nothing untoward happened. Video footage showed nothing out of the ordinary. Irvin was barred from all Super Bowl coverage on NFL Network and ESPN though no criminal charges were ever filed against him.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.