Speculation about reasons for ESPN terminating Michael Irvin ranges from:
-wanting to wait until the end of the season to avoid the bad publicity of letting him go during the season to punish him for the misunderstanding that took place when he was stopped and found to be in possession of a drug pipe (even though it has clearly been proven he was trying to help another person who had a drug problem) and for the misinterpretation of his good natured joke involving Tony Romo's ancestry
-the network execs feeling that his on air talent was lacking.
Whatever the case may be, Irvin has remained classy and forthright through out the ordeal.
"I truly appreciate what ESPN allowed me to do, but it was time to move on," he told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "These are exciting times for me and my family. There are a lot of opportunities to explore."
We at NOIS wish Michael continued success and are sure that there has to be a network out there willing to look beyond the color of his skin and give him the chance to continue his outstanding broadcasting.