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Michael Strahan

Blindsided by Break Up Announcement

8/3/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Strahan had no idea his split from Nicole Murphy would be announced at the EXACT moment he was entering the NFL Hall of Fame … and friends think Nicole or someone close to her was trying to ruin the biggest moment of his career.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ Sports the break up has been a long time coming … Michael and Nicole had actually broken off their engagement several weeks ago. But we're told there was no plan -- certainly not on Michael's side -- to announce it before his induction into the Hall of Fame this weekend. 

As it turned out, Michael was right in the middle of receiving his official HOF yellow blazer when the story came out … according to our sources.

We're told several people close to Michael think the timing was extremely suspect.

0803-michael-strahan-sub-instagram-02As for whether it upset Strahan's HOF festivities -- we're told he celebrated his Saturday night induction deep into Sunday morning. He also opened his speech by saying, "This has been the best weekend of my life."

We've reached out to reps for Michael and Nicole. So far … no word back.

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328 COMMENTS

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16.

watzitooya    

Yikes!

44 days ago
17.

boo boo    

I don't get why celebrities feel like they have to "announce" break-ups - tell your kids and family, maybe a few of your close friends.

44 days ago
18.

M Landaverde    

Hes gay, she's a beard y'all know that

44 days ago
19.

Edddie Nash    

Who cares about this gap tooth loser. He left his ugly white wife for Nicole. Is Karma for Lincoln Tunnel teeth.

44 days ago
20.

Webster    

Not for nothing but real poor planning by her people. Nobody really cares about her! Michaels like Americas sweetheart; everyone loves him. She should move on to her next 15 minutes of fame.

44 days ago
21.

sfrandiver    

I think she did it because his ego has been very big. She knocked him down a few steps.

44 days ago
22.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

She was a beard anyways

44 days ago
23.

lastbutton6    

Get someone less used up.

44 days ago
24.

Just Jay    

If anything it freed him up for the weekend. Yowza!

44 days ago
25.

rob    

No loss for him she is a little long in the tooth

44 days ago
26.

Beanie    

Wait.. Something is wrong here. Not with the story but the comments. Ugly Blue didn't comment on a story. Hall of fame AHole for ignorant comments. :)

44 days ago
27.

Ali    

If she did, in fact, choose that timing to try and take away from his achievement, then he's well rid of her. Vindictive people drag you down and he's lucky to get out now, before marrying her and getting really tied down. I would hope she didn't time it that way, but it does, look as if she did it on purpose.

44 days ago
28.

david 183    

Perfect timing for him . Made his award ceremony even more memorable. He got rid of old baggage and started it with a great day. Move on and stay away from gold diggers.

44 days ago
29.

Preacher    

Best weekend of his life.

44 days ago
30.

mrs_mingo    

I wish them both luck♥

44 days ago
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