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Michael Irvin Sued In Rape Charge; Gets Fired, Counter Sues

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As brilliant as Michael Irvin was on the field, his off-the-field life has always been something of a mess. You can add to that mess as Irvin has been sued in civil court over an allegation of rape.

Here's the basics: Irvin's accuser says she was raped by Irvin and an unidentified male at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on July 5th, 2007. She reported the incident on July 20th, 2007 to the authorities, but by that time there was no forensic evidence. She also signed a "waiver of prosecution" which basically meant she wanted to put the incident behind her.

She filed the lawsuit Thursday, and her lawyers claim that settlement negotiations had taken place but broke down, and that the woman passed a polygraph test.

Now, Irvin is counter-suing to the tune of $100 million since he's been fired from his ESPN radio gig. ESPN says they had planned to cancel the show anyway, and did it today because of this incident. Irvin, for now, is still part of the NFL Network team covering the Super Bowl.

Other than that, I really have nothing more to say on the incident, I can't judge it from this far away. But it's now news, and Irvin is one of my favorite Cowboys, so it pains me to post about it.

If you want to get more details, read this ESPN article.