Dallas Cowboys David Irving Quits the NFL while Smoking Cannabis

Dallas defensive tackle DAVID IRVING found out that the league was suspending him for a THIRD time . . . and he was FED UP. His first two suspensions were for four games each. The first was for violating the league’s PED policy, and the second for violating the substance abuse policy.

Last week, he got hit with another suspension for substance abuse . . . this time indefinitely.

“Basically guys, I quit,” Irving said. “There’s a lot of (expletive) (expletive) up with the league.”

“It’s funny, you know, some people: ‘Oh, you’re addicted to weed, you’re addicted to this and that,’” he said. “I mean, sh*t, if I’m gonna be addicted to something, I’d rather be addicted to marijuana, which is medical — it’s a medicine; I do not consider it a drug — rather than Xanax bars or the hydros or the seroquel and all that crazy sh*t that they feed you.”

Irving described the marijuana as “this medicine right here,” arguing that the league should support him treating pain and mental illness with marijuana in place of opioids. Irving said he’d seen the addictive dangers of opioids while in treatment facilities; he prefers the natural plant to treat challenges including injuries and ADHD.

“If I’m going to be addicted to something, I’d rather it be marijuana, which is medical,” Irving continued. “I do not consider it a drug, rather than the Xanax bars or the hydro[codone] or the Seroquel and all that crazy (expletive) that they feed you. Like I said, it ain’t about smoking weed.

“How many NBA players you see get in trouble about this? How many coaches you see get in trouble about this? How many baseball players get in trouble? UFC players getting in trouble? How many actors?”

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Irving as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State in 2015. The Cowboys poached him from Kansas City’s practice squad that September and re-signed him to one-year deals each of the last two offseasons.

In 2017 and 2018, Irving notched eight sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 26 tackles. He deflected six passes in 2017, too, setting up game-sealing interceptions for teammates. He forced a fumble. He was effective when on the field.

But he was often unavailable, starting each of the last two seasons with four-game drug suspensions. In 2017, he violated the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The next year, his suspension came through the league’s substance-abuse policy. Last Friday, Irving received a third suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.