Ex-NFL star Michael Irvin has been accused of drugging and raping a woman in a Florida hotel last week.
A 27-year-old Florida woman claims that she was at a bar with Irvin in the early hours of March 21 when they decided to go back to the former Cowboys star’s hotel room at the W Fort Lauderdale.
Shortly after arriving at the room, she began to feel sick and the last thing she remembered was trying to fight Irvin off, she told police.
She woke up the following morning as the NFL Hall of Famer was preparing to check out without her, took an Uber home and called 911 at 7.30am, telling police she believed she had been drugged and raped, TMZ reports.
The woman underwent a medical swab and blood test although the results have not yet been released.
Police are now investigating the claims against the married father-of-four.
Irvin, now an NFL commentator, strongly denies the allegations and insists he was only in the hotel room with the woman for 15 minutes with the woman – while another man was present – and says there was no sexual contact.
‘The allegations are completely false,’ Irvin’s attorney, Larry Friedman, told TMZ. ‘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.
Former football player Michael Irvin and wife Sandi in 2005 in New York City
‘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, 51, says the woman, a cosmetologist, texted the day after the alleged assault inviting him to: ‘Come for a facial when you get back to Ft. Lauderdale.’
Friedman says that his client was in Fort Lauderdale to visit his 90-year-old aunt, and his nieces and nephews at a track meet.
‘He was blindsided by news of these allegations,’ he added.
An NFL spokesman declined to comment to reporters.
In 2011, a confidential settlement was reportedly reached in a civil lawsuit that accused Irvin of sexual battery. A woman had alleged Irvin sexually assaulted her while at a hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale in 2007.