WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Due to the NFL’s marijuana policy which he finds too repressive, David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys announced his departure from the league on a video posted on Instagram on Thursday while smoking a joint.
- Irving maintained that being addicted to marijuana is fine because it’s medicine, instead of Xanax bars or Seroquel.
- The NFL suspended Irving indefinitely for failing to comply with the league’s drug policy.
On Thursday, David Irving, the defensive lineman of the Dallas Cowboys announced that he is quitting football unless the NFL relaxes its stance on marijuana which should agree with policies of other professional sports leagues.
“Basically, guys, I quit,” said Irving. “I’m out of there. I’ve come to this decision, but y’all know how it is. It’s a lot of s–t f–ked up with the NFL.”
While appearing to smoke a joint in a 17-minute video posted on Instagram, a smiling Irving said into the camera, “if I’m going to be addicted to something, I’d rather it be marijuana. It’s medical. I do not consider it a drug, rather than the Xanax bars or the hydros or the Seroquel and all that crazy s–t that they feed you.”
Last week, Irving was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for breaching the league’s drug policy.
“How many NBA players you see getting in trouble about this? How many baseball players, UFC players, actors, coaches getting in trouble for this? Not many, but you do see us football players. It ain’t about smoking weed,” reasoned Irving.
Irving accused the league’s drug policy saying it is too strict on weed while being tolerant on opioids and other treatments. “I say it’s “plant over pills,” said Irving.
For four seasons, Irving, 25, played with the Cowboys, but played only 2 games for Dallas in 2018 achieving one sack and four tackles.
Throughout his brief NFL career, Irving has tackled injuries and multiple suspensions including complaints of domestic violence from an ex-girlfriend last year, who later withdrew the charges.
Meanwhile, while Irving said that he still loves the sport, he did not share the same affection for the NFL.
“This is my choice. I’m living with it. I don’t think I’m a bad guy for choosing this route,” added Irving.
However, last month, sources told the Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys have no plans of re-signing Irving when he became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Source: New York Post