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Michael Irvin Defamation Lawsuit Update: Judge orders Marriott to turn over video

The first development in the defamation case brought by against Marriott and an unknown accuser looks to be a win for the Playmaker. A judge has ordered the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to turn over any related to the interaction that led to his removal from scheduled appearances during week in Phoenix, AZ.

Irvin's attorney, Levi McCathern, intiated the request for the footage believing it would clear his client's name. On Thursday afternoon, a judge granted the motion. The hotel has been ordered to send the clips to Irvin by February 20.

The judge also ordered the hotel to provide:

  • the name of the accuser
  • names of anyone else who may have filed a complaint against Irvin
  • the names of the NFL employees who received the complaints.


All of this comes after Michael Irvin was pulled from broadcast duties last week. 

A Marriott employee, identified only as Jane Doe, accused Irvin of misconduct last Sunday. This led to both the and removing the Hall of Famer from scheduled appearances. There are no announced plans for his return as of yet.

Irvin, who claims no wrongdoing, responded with a defamation lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $100 million. Irvin's attorney claims his client suffered loss of income, damage to his reputation, and yet unrealized harm to the development of his career. 

The specific allegations against the Cowboys legend have yet to be disclosed. No so far has provided the name of the accuser or what led to a complaint. 

Since the lawsuit was filed, a video has been circulating of what witnesses claim was the interaction being referenced in the misconduct complaint. The video is included in the Twitter post below.

Supporters of Michael Irvin believe the video to be evidence of his innocence in this situation. They believe the accuser is one of several fans in the video to whom the former turned media personality spoke before retiring for the night.

According to the version of events presented by Irvin's attorney, Irvin only met the presumed accuser after she had called him over in the hotel lobby to introduce herself. “Eyewitnesses described the interaction as ‘jovial' and completely harmless,” McCathern wrote in the motion. He added that the interaction lasted less than a minute. His client then went to his room alone and fell asleep.

So far, there has been no official statement from the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, PHXHotel, LLC, or Marriott International. NFL officials also have yet to provide additional informational on their role in this ongoing situation.

Jazz Monet
Jazz Monet
Sports culture analyst. Sports competition enthusiast. Host of Bitches Love Sports podcast. Personal trainer. Roller derby athlete and trainer.

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