The NFL is facing a scandal in its league offices after a report surfaced that one of its players was arrested and charged with sexual assault and battery.
The New York Times reported that former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct and four counts of rape.
Irvin is scheduled to appear in court Friday and is scheduled for a detention hearing Tuesday.
The NFL has been facing criticism for the way the league handled the case.
Former Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the allegations “disturbing,” saying, “This isn’t about football.
This isn’t football.”
On Friday, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, called the report “absolutely false.”
“This allegation is totally without merit, and it’s something we take very seriously,” Vincent said in a statement.
“It is the NFL that is the center of this investigation.
We are not commenting further.”
In addition to the sexual assault charge, Irvin was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence charges, but the NFL declined to comment on that.
The Times reported the alleged victim was an ex-girlfriend, and that Irvin had told her that he wanted to get married to her.
The Seahawks have had a rough time of late, losing six straight games and finishing 5-11.
In October, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was suspended indefinitely after he was accused of grabbing a female employee’s breast during a scuffle.