Michael Irvin has been accused of sexual assault and is being investigated by police in Florida, TMZ Sports reported.
The report says 27-year-old woman told police she was at a Ft. Lauderdale bar with the Hall of Fame receiver and NFL Network commentator in the early hours of March 21 when they went back to his hotel room.
According to the woman, she began to feel ill and the last thing she remembers is Irvin trying to force himself on her. She said she woke up as he was checking out of the hotel room and that she returned home and called 911 at 7:30 a.m.
She told police she thought she had been drugged and raped, and officers advised her to go to a medical center for testing. She also said she texted Irving later that morning asking if they had sex, to which he allegedly responded he wouldn't do anything to have hurt her.
Larry Friedman, Irvin's lawyer, told TMZ the accusations were unfounded and that there were "many red flags."
“The allegations are completely false,” Friedman said. “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.”
Irvin faced a similar accusation in 2007, when a woman said Irvin assaulted her in a hotel room. Prosecutors didn't press charges, but the woman sued Irvin in civil court. He filed a countersuit for defamation, and the pair eventually settled out of court.
Ten years before that, a woman named Nina Shahravan told police that Irvin held a gun on her while his Cowboys teammate Erik Williams raped her. She later admitted she had lied about the incident and was sentenced to 90 days in jail for perjury.