Michael Irvin is suing Marriott for $100 million and has compared the hotel chain’s treatment of him to “hanging brothers by a tree.”
NFL Star Michal Irvin Sues Marriott for $100 Million, Accuses Hotel Chain Of Lynching
Irvin, the former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and current NFL sports commentator was pulled from his Super Bowl LVII duties after an alleged “inappropriate encounter” with a female employee at the Renaissance Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.
Irvin responded by suing Marriott for $100 million and insisting that he was innocent after Marriott refused to let him review surveillance footage of the alleged encounter.
A court ordered Marriott to let Irvin’s attorney, Levi McCathern, review the footage. Upon doing so earlier this week, McCathern said:
“The allegations are nonsense. We need to immediately get Michael back to work.”
McCathern was not allowed to make a copy of the tape nor was Irvin allowed to accompany him to the viewing.
At the same press conference, Irvin laid out his side of the story:
“This sickens me, this sickens me. Because in this great country, this takes me back to a time where a white woman would accuse a black man of something, and they would take a bunch of guys that were above the law, run in a barn, put a rope around his foot and drag him through the mud and hang him by a tree.
“How can I defend myself if I don’t even know what I’m defending myself against. I couldn’t even tell you what she looks like. I don’t know! This just blows my mind that in 2023, we’re still dragging and hanging brothers by a tree. That blows my mind…and absolutely, to not listen to the court, Marriott is above the law, because I still haven’t seen this tape.”
That’s a strong defense, though Irvin did tell the Shan & RJ program on 105.3FM in Dallas that though he did not remember the encounter, he did have a “few” drinks.
“It was a minute meeting somewhere in the lobby. I don’t even remember it really because I had a few drinks, to tell you the truth.”
Michael Irvin has compared Marriott’s treatment of him to lynching and maintained his innocence in a $100 million lawsuit against the hotel chain. I expect the surveillance video will leak or otherwise be made public soon, so we can see for ourselves what happen, albeit perhaps without audio.
Mark this story as developing.
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What’s crazy they will settle if this comes out in court for sure! Net network is next unless they give him a huge new contract for sure!
NFL= National Felons League
Does “believe all women “ apply in this case?
Will say this is a bit of stretch to post on a travel blog.
However, in terms of the main content in regards to getting footage of the security cameras, all companies are like this. Someone I know recently got in a car accident trying to make their flight, but was not able to and tried getting the flight cancelled and getting a voucher because it was an extraordinary circumstance. The agent that he talked to said that a voucher wasn’t available but said that he would get a refund if he sent the airline pictures of the accident despite his ticket being a nonrefundable J ticket. The airline didn’t refund him anything and his lawyers are telling the airline to release the call transcript/call recording but are refusing to.
Why do big companies not want to put out evidence? Companies don’t release recordings/call transcripts/footage if it hurts them as any person would. Hope Michael Irvin wins the case to set a precedent in some way and it has a trickle effect for the rights of customers/regular people.
Boarding Area writers post about Marriott all the time, so I’m not sure it’s a stretch.
“ inappropriate encounter”
By chance, did this happen outside the hotel at 3am? Was the female employee wearing a MAGA hat? Did she put a noose around Michael’s neck? Did she toss bleach on him? Was she yelling: “This is MAGA country!”
Wait. That’s already been tried and failed.
Sounds like another hate hoax and shakedown.
It’s possible the allegations made by the female are exaggerated, outright lies, or misconstrue what took place. I don’t see why this man has to invoke the race card that essentially taints and dirties the situation as we know 90% of the time when Black or other non white person makes racial allegations they are false. Not releasing the tape is not a racial issue but a corporate issue. A random employee who acts outside of the scope of their employment and policy is not the fault of the chain or hotel owner when there is no pattern.
The fact that he doesn’t remember because of being under the influence of alcohol is not good.
We shouldn’t automatically believe all women or even half of them but we definitely should not believe him either without proof. I can’t necessarily overly blame him for making these accusations. Society has been structured to buy into this race nonsense so he is pursuing any avenue to win. I fault the legal system, institutions, and individuals for letting people like him play the race card.
Very well said!
What I do find VERY suspicious is that Marriott refuses to release the surveillance footage.
To me that speaks volumes.
If racism does not exist in the U.S. why does the justice department have a civil rights division?
Are you familiar with a group called the KKK? What are they all about?
Familiar with the term “black codes” which was instituted after slavery end? What is that all about?
Why do organizations like the NFL openly advocate for equality? What is that all about?
Keeping things civil, I’ll answer your rhetorical questions (presumably rhetorical) with the observation that the action to address something implies a positive intent even, particularly if, damage has been done. Police agencies that regularly find wrongdoing by officers, for example, doesn’t imply that corruption is rampant in a police force so much as they are aggressively finding it. If you go to a doctor and he finds stuff wrong with you, that means he’s doing his job unlike the one who tells you you’re fine.
I have an expression I coined so feel free to steal it (I’ll be flattered) “The squeakiest wheel is the greasiest.” When someone gets redress for making noise, they make more noise even if (and particularly if) they no longer need it.
For the record, involuntary servitude hasn’t technically ended. Military conscription is still fully legal and men are required to defend their nations with their bodies and this burden disproportionately falls upon lower and working class men.