David Irving blasts NFL’s marijuana ban

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Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving is suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season, which he attributes to a league rule against marijuana that Irving does not support.

Irving wrote on Instagram that he will stop using marijuana because he doesn’t want to lose the ability to play, but he doesn’t think he should have to.

“The NFL laws on weed are [expletive] and we all know it,” Irving wrote, via the Dallas Morning News. “No matter how [Expletive] up the rules are, I have to follow them.”

Irving said obeying the rules is something he feels the need to do to support his family.

“I’m a survivor and I have to do this for myself and the ones I love,” Irving wrote.

Irving was also suspended for the first four games of last season, but that was for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

80 responses to “David Irving blasts NFL’s marijuana ban

  1. “I’m a Survivor.” Dude, I don’t disagree that it’s sort of a stupid rule and punishment but gimme a break. Put the weed down for a couple years, make millions, and move on with your life a very wealthy man, able to to easily care for your family and the one that comes afterwards, etc…. geez, let’s not make this out to be THAT hard.

  2. if you believe that because you got suspended for four games, think about how stupid it is for the people doing jail time for possessing marijuana…

  3. Cowboys fan here.

    This guy is a complete idiot, and has been the whole time he’s been on the team. He is really talented, but didn’t get drafted because of off field issues at Iowa State.

    You’d think between that and his suspension, he’d learn to shut his damn mouth.

  4. I’m always torn on this issue. I do not believe marijuana should be illegal, but at the same time it is indeed illegal in Texas. That means if he is doing it, he is acquiring it via illegal means and consuming it illegally.

    A bad law is still a law. I would like for the NFL to end their practice of testing for it so often (perhaps only at the combine) but I also find it tough to have sympathy for guys using it recreationally when they know it is both illegal and could result in the loss of millions of dollars in income.

    And if you’re struggling with anxiety/depression, please seek help so you can medicate yourself in legal and controlled ways. I hope one day weed will be completely legal but right now it is not, and getting suspended from your job and/or arrested is a steep price to pay.

  5. Cannabis is good medicine for many things, pain relief being one of them. Institutions like the NFL are notoriously slow to change, and these days they are way behind the times.

  6. Hey David….what the hell else are you qualified to do to support the ones you love? The league will be better off when you discover what that is and take your buddies with you that think the rules are so unfair…oh well at least you dont have to worry about Jerry using your time for goodwill so you got more time to get stoned with the ones you love…save your NFL money….

  7. Can’t they get medical? Legally use that if it is prescribed? I don’t get it if they can. It can really help some people so I don’t get why theirs that benefit from it don’t just get it legally now

  8. Simply put, Irving was fully aware of the NFL policy on marijuana.

    He made the decision to use it anyway.

    Stupid decision based on his previous suspension for peds.

    No sympathy for stupidity.

  9. I get what people are saying about “put down the weed to make millions”.

    What I have an issue with is how the NFL team doctors dole out opiates like they are candy. Now there is a substance that can truly destroy your life.

    Yet they are so against players smoking some weed in order to not have to take so many opiates.

    It makes no sense. The NFL needs to just quietly stop testing for weed like the NHL did. They don’t need to publicly announce it or anything. Just do it internally and allow these players some pain relief from a non-physically addicting substance.

  10. Does the league test to see if a player consumed a beer in the last 30 days? No. Yet alcohol destroys so many lives, right? Ah, but weed is not legal in Texas. It is against the “law”. Yet this lawlessness harmed exactly no one, nor would it be possible to inflict harm because no wrong doing is actually being committed. The only harm being done here is one group of people keep trying to lord over another group of people and threaten to incarcerate them if they don’t agree with them on marijuana.

  11. You know I get drug testing at work too. Monday I am going to stomp into the office and demand that I should be able to get high! I will let you know how it turns out.

  12. Ok so if the NFL were to legalize marijuana, then the PLAYERS must agree to waive any and all claims (past, present, and future) against the NFL itself, its franchises, or personnel in case any of the following were to occur:
    – the player becomes addicted to weed
    – the weed the player acquires is laced and/or tainted with other drugs
    – the player seeks a more effective high by using prescribed opioids and/or illegal drugs such as crack, smack, blues, coke, heroin, meth, uppers, downers, all-arounders, etc or ANY drug that has an effect that is equal to or greater than weed.
    – if the player, as a result of his love/lust/passion for weed, loses his career, his earnings, his health, his family, his possessions, etc.

    This way the NFL and its franchises are protected from these potheads if they are stupid enough to partake. My position is simple, if a PLAYER chose to use weed or other drugs, of his own volition, then he and he alone should be responsible for the consequences of his choice.
    I do NOT want to see any player cry to the NFLPA or the media that “the NFL let me smoke weed and I lost my career because of it blah blah blah”.
    I want the NFL to be able to defend itself publicly and legally by telling that idiot player” YOU chose to smoke weed, not us, YOU knew the risks yet you made your choice anyway, the NFL nor its teams or personnel had any say in your choice. Therefore your career is over, enjoy your weed while you can still afford it. Oh and you waived your right to sue us in exchange to be able to smoke weed without being suspended”.

  13. “I’m a survivor and I have to do this for myself and the ones I love”

    Yeah, must be REALLY tough… whatever Mr. Pro Athlete… just listen to yourself here.

  14. Back-to-back years you’re suspended for PED’s and pot, and you’re looking to blame someone? Buy a mirror.

  15. A bad law is still a law. I would like for the NFL to end their practice of testing for it so often (perhaps only at the combine) but I also find it tough to have sympathy for guys using it recreationally when they know it is both illegal and could result in the loss of millions of dollars in income.
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    The vast majority, likely 90+%, of NFL players are only tested once a year, in window around the beginning of training camp, for marijuana & other recreational drugs. The only players that are randomly tested throughout the year are players who have either previously tested positive or are, for whatever reason, in the NFL’s drug treatment program. NFL players are only suspended for substance abuse after multiple violations which can be either a positive test or failure to adhere to the program.

    Basically outside of 6 week or so window before & during the start of training camp, intelligent players can consume whatever recreational drugs they choose. It’s the chronic users who either have a real substance abuse problem or are not intelligent enough to stop using prior to a known test incoming, who end up getting randomly tested throughout the year & eventually end up getting suspended.

    That is why I have zero sympathy for NFL players.

  16. “A bad law is still a law.”

    So we should all be sheep and simply follow bad laws? The Founding Fathers obviously did believe in blindly following authority. They realized that the only way to rectify injustice was through rebellion.

  17. “What I have an issue with is how the NFL team doctors dole out opiates like they are candy. Now there is a substance that can truly destroy your life.”

    Agreed. I understand the law is the law, but there are worse things than weed. My old man went from a successful business owner, who had nagging back pain, to a hopeless addict after getting hooked on pain meds. Every time he built a tolerance, the doctor was more than happy to up the dosage or switch to something else, and more than happy to bill the insurance. And when my father lost the business and the insurance, he had to turn to getting them illegally, while letting his family go without and bills left unpaid and sold family possesions to cover the cost if he had to. He has been in and out of jail, lost his wife and son, and has become the worst kind of person. By contrast, my uncle on my mother’s side has smoked weed since he was 16 and has paid off 3 houses, multiple vehicles and his family wants for nothing. He has also never touched anything else (despite it being a “gateway drug”). So yeah, if it comes down to lighting up or popping a pill bottle, I don’t blame him one bit for doing the former.

  18. dryzzt23 says – “- the player becomes addicted to weed
    – the weed the player acquires is laced and/or tainted with other drugs”

    Good grief sir, try getting some information that is updated from Reefer Madness/Dragnet. It is accepted medical science that marijuana IS NOT addictive. Also, no one is lacing modern marijuana with other substances.

  19. Guy got kicked out of school here for leading a riot down the street carrying a stop sign. When you’re 6’2 and a football player in Iowa, people might recognize you on the front page of the newspaper.

    Not the brightest dude.

  20. Being a drug addict, prescription or illegal drugs, is still a CHOICE!
    People who choose to use, and then abuse, drugs, have the power to stop their addiction before it starts. Rehab programs have their 12-step programs that costs tens of thousands, but the bottom line is that the cessation of use of these drugs is solely in the hands of the user themselves.
    ALL the person has to do is make a conscious CHOICE to stop using.
    It really is that simple.
    But the rehab programs, courts, drug dealers, weed proponents, and pharma companies are focused on convincing the user that he/she has zero control over their choice. This is all an effort to use the user as a “useful idiot” for profit for all involved.
    I feel zero pity for players who use drugs because they made a choice, they accepted the consequences when they fired up that first joint, now they demand pity and want to blame everyone but themselves.
    You are the result of your choices.

  21. cardinealsfan20
    Reefer Madness/Dragnet wants to stay in business right? You don’t think that they would lie to their customer base in order to stay operational would you?
    If a study proved that marijuana IS addictive, well that would hurt business right?
    Therefore, Reefer Madness/Dragnet and companies like them, as well as people who make excuses for their use of pot, would surely denounce any evidence that threatens their revenue stream or ability to grow/purchase/procure/sell pot.
    So if I found a website, from a pharma company, that declared that oxycodone is NOT addictive, then that should suffice for everyone right?

  22. If you want to smoke the wacky weed, find another employer that will condone it. End of story.

  23. Alcohol is addictive isn’t it? Anyone know how many people ruin their own lives, sometimes their families and die from drinking each year? To be fair they should ban booze too. I read somewhere that the medical cost of alcohol related illnesses are in the millions of million of dollars. I assume a lot players drink a little bit the night before a big game, what’s the harm. But then again the big corporations make billions selling booze so that probably will will never be banned. Yeah now way! Carry on.

  24. Imagine if the NBA banned pot! I think those guys do a lot of smoking when they’re not playing of course. Yet they can still get high going to the rim.

  25. Irving doesn’t get to make up his own rules. If he doesn’t like it, then give up football, move to California or Colorado, and he can smoke all he wants to.

  26. Many of us have careers that require drug testing as a condition of employment. My problem with legalization is that only the lowlifes are going to be able to enjoy it.

  27. I agree. Athletes need to live as healthy as possible. It’s important for their own safety. And yes alcohol can be so extremely damaging. And a weird problem with alcoholism is the denial factor. People ruining their family, relationships, lives don’t think they have a problem. They blame everything else too. Getting help becomes almost impossible for so many bc of that component. They hit rock bottom but only need one person like them to help them continue to live in that denial. They lie to anyone bc it’s what they truly convinced themselves to believe. It kills people for many health reasons but in car accidents too. Pot doesn’t have nearly the same societal issue-although the driving part really scares me. Once the marijuana comes become as large as the beer companies, they will be treated the same. In the meantime, there does seems to be a strange treatment….alcoholism is ok as long as they don’t get in the car. Opiates are ok as long as a doctor got them addicted. But pot is scientifically proven to be helpful to so many.

  28. minnesotablizzard says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    No cannabis for you but the team doctor will prescribe you with enough severely addicting opiates to kill an elephant.
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    Are you just saying it or do you have inside knowledge that team doctors actually do this. Sounds like urban myths to me these doctors are professionals don’t demean them without proof.

  29. Oh so you care about your family AFTER you got caught the first few times. The rules are ridiculous AFTER you get busted. Wait until Drs find medical issues with weed and David Irving be like, “If I knew it caused this condition I would have never done it!” You are a hindsight master Mr. Irving.

  30. I have to say weed has made my life easier (Pain relief & helps with sleep from PTSD). I was slow to except it also being retired law enforcement but the NFL is ridiculous with it. These guys are ALWAYS in pain not to mention constant pressure. Weed is organic and way better then the accepted options like opioids and alcohol.

    It isn’t a PED by any means. Unless eating Nachos and Hostess cupcakes with Chocolate milk while watching the Three Stooges is bad. The league needs to relax the weed ban. They already are going stupid with other safety rules, be consistent and help players get off the opiods and on weed…

  31. yeah only the very top percent of people get to ignore the rules or write them for themselves

    drugs are bad tho…look cool drug-free, david irving!

  32. Perhaps the Cowgirls need to toughen it up a tad. Last I checked, we don’t want people hauling tankers full of explosive liquids or gasoline getting high on the job. Sheesh, these people are getting worse, not better.

  33. Yeah marijuana has it benefits too bad most people don’t really use it for it’s medical benefits and use it more as a drug to get high. And that’s why all jobs haven’t stop testing for weed. I smoke recreationally for the high but I think it’s funny now that everyone who smokes it daily now thinks they only do because they have a medical issue. People can deny all they want but the majority that smoke do it for the high.

  34. Has this guy been living under a rock? This isn’t exactly a new rule. Did he just find out about it once he got suspended? You were going to wait to follow the rules until you were caught? PEDs and then pot? Does this guy realize they actually test the pee in the cups?

  35. Its illegal in the nfl for a reason, it can impair your judgement and on the field that can be disastrous. But im not in the nfl so im not quitting lol.

  36. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    “A bad law is still a law.”

    So we should all be sheep and simply follow bad laws? The Founding Fathers obviously did believe in blindly following authority. They realized that the only way to rectify injustice was through rebellion.
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    The Founding Fathers created a system so if the people find a law unbearable they can petition their representatives to CHANGE the law, not arrogantly disregard any law they disagree with. The Will of the People, not anarchy. Irving is a spoiled child throwing a tantrum because he can’t have his “blankie” of choice.

  37. Another promising player that is too stupid to stop smoking weed and play football and make a ton of money then retire and smoke all the weed you want.

  38. “The Founding Fathers created a system so if the people find a law unbearable they can petition their representatives to CHANGE the law, not arrogantly disobey any law they disagree with. The Will of the People, not anarchy”.

    And how are the People supposed to express their Will when their representatives ignore their petitions? How long should the People have to wait for their corrupt or lethargic representatives to change laws that are obviously unjust?

    Sometimes the People are justified in exercising their personal freedom to ignore unjust laws. That is not arrogance, that is exercising your right to liberty and happiness.

  39. If only they had a players union to collectively bargain these types of things…….oh, wait, they do and it was. Regardless of anyone’s opinion about legality and harm, these are the collectively bargained rules that govern the NFL and you can follow them or not…..and pay the collectively bargained consequences if you don’t.

  40. meridious says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    Cannabis is good medicine for many things, pain relief being one of them. Institutions like the NFL are notoriously slow to change, and these days they are way behind the times.
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    Excedrin is a good medicine for many things, pain relief being one of them.

  41. Yeah, sure. The NFL is the one that makes these things illegal. 3rd grade was pretty tough for you wasn’t it?

  42. As a society, we are to blame for this $avage and his contemptuous attitude when it comes to his ability to make a living. The market value for his services is too high based on public adulation. If we were to place true value on the individual and their rate of compensation based on elevating society, his worth would be between 5 and 8 dollars an hour. Sports as a means of determining what someone should be paid is laughable. These athletes do nothing to further society. They only hold leverage because we are addicted to bread and circuses. This needs to change or our country will be consigned to historical irrelevancy.

  43. I would hope that he’d willing to put an illegal habit on the backburner for a few years to earn a large paycheck. Not to mention the fact that he has a young daughter in the house-there are certain things you have to give up when you kids running around, David.

  44. What’s more dangerous… Weed or speeding? Which gets punished more harshly? Hmmm…. I sense a discrepancy. Many more people die in car accidents than from weed. Would you support a 4 game ban for a player caught going 5 mph over the speed limit? Are you really more worried about people getting high than (sober) aggressive drivers??

  45. GoCougs! says:

    August 19, 2018 at 2:39 am
    What’s more dangerous… Weed or speeding? Which gets punished more harshly? Hmmm…. I sense a discrepancy. Many more people die in car accidents than from weed. Would you support a 4 game ban for a player caught going 5 mph over the speed limit? Are you really more worried about people getting high than (sober) aggressive drivers??

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    Wow LMAO. That was the dumbest argument yet.
    Congrats.

  46. Unfortunately we still have to follow the rules even if they are total BS!

    Goodell: “MJ is addictive and very unhealthy!”

    Me: “Mr. Goodell, what are your thoughts on cigarettes and alcohol being legal?”

    Goodell: Crickets

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