The Times Record will host a new keynote speaker for its River Valley Best of Preps banquet following reports that Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer and NFL commentator Michael Irvin is being investigated in a sexual assault case in Florida.
“While the allegations are still being investigated, we don’t want anything to distract from or taint this prestigious honor for these student athletes. In that spirit, we are in negotiations with a new, but similar-caliber keynote speaker for the River Valley Best of Preps banquet,” Publisher Crystal Costa said.
Irvin has vehemently denied the allegations.
“The allegations are completely false,” Irvin’s lawyer, Larry Friedman told TMZ.
Irvin had been announced on Sunday as the speaker for the Times Record event on June 1. The event will honor student athletes from Logan, Scott, Franklin, Crawford, Sebastian, LeFlore and Sequoyah Counties.
The new keynote speaker will be announced in the coming days.