Former gap-toothed gridiron great, and now co-host of the morning chat show “ABC-TV’s Live!,” Michael Strahan (pictured) has finally decided to clear up some of the damaging rumors that sacked his career during his tumultuous divorce from his ex-wife, Jean Muggli. The seemingly always affable Strahan had a sit down with Bryant Gumbel, the host of HBO’s “Real Sports” which airs on Tuesday, October 23 at 10 p.m. EST to address those former demons, reports Sports Media News.
When Strahan and Muggli parted ways back in 2006 after seven years of marriage, their separation became fodder for the press. Rumors that were put out by Muggli raised suspicions about the former NFL player. The ex-Mrs. Strahan accused her then husband of assault, videotaping her sister, neglecting their twin daughters, adultery and even alluded to him being gay.
“I think early on when you’re reading all these things in the paper that aren’t true — I’m not an adulterer. I’m not gay. I mean, I didn’t beat anybody,” Strahan tells Gumbel.
The 6’5″ father of four confronted Muggli, who was his second wife, when he found out she withdrew $3.3 million from their bank accounts. It was then that he decided to divorce her.
In 2007, Strahan and Muggli stood before a judge and she tried to prove that her husband had physically abused her. Despite those claims being dismissed, the judge awarded the embittered ex a whopping $15 million settlement and $18,000 in child support every month.