David Irving says he’s done with the NFL

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It would appear unlikely that suspended defensive lineman David Irving will ever seek reinstatement from the NFL.

In a lengthy instagram live video on Thursday night, Irving said he’s done with the NFL.

“Basically guys, I quit,” Irving said.”They want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m out of there. I’m not doing this s— no more.”

Irving listed several reasons as to why he is done with the NFL. He strongly disagrees with the league’s stance on marijuana use and the pushing of stronger, more addictive, drugs to try to treat the injuries and general wear and tear of football.

“There’s a lot of s— f—– up with the NFL, man,” Irving continued. “As you all know I voiced my opinion about this medicine right here (while holding up a blunt that he began smoking soon after). We’ve got this opioid thing going on and I’m prescribed all that bulls—. i just think it’s bulls— that we’ve got to deal with that policy. Everyone thinks it’s about smoking weed. It’s not about smoking weed. It’s much bigger than that.”

Irving was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last Friday for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. He espoused his thoughts on weed and his belief that it is effective medicine and should be viewed accordingly and not with the negative stigmas played upon it.

Irving made it clear that he still loves football, but the NFL is a different story.

“I’m not putting up with this s— for no reason,” Irving said. “The s— they did with (Colin Kaepernick). The s— they’re doing with my dog Randy (Gregory). It’s one thing if everything wasn’t bad but it’s not.

“Everyone questions my commitment to football. Let’s get it straight here and now. I love football. Football shaped me. I wouldn’t be here without it. Don’t get me wrong, I love football. However, I don’t love the NFL. The NFL is not football and you’ve got to understand that. What you all see us do, the game and s—, that’s like 20 percent of all the real s— that goes on.

“I’m all right. This is my choice. I’m living with it. I’m not about to be forced into doing something. I’m not playing for free. … I don’t think I’m a bad guy for choosing this route. I stand up for what I believe in. It is bulls—. I’ll Kaepernick myself before they Kaepernick my ass. Things are going to be all right.”

Irving appeared in 37 games for the Dallas Cowboys over the last four seasons, recording 12.5 sacks and 56 total tackles with five forced fumbles. He was suspended four games for performance-enhancing drugs in 2017 and four games for substance-abuse in 2018 before being indefinitely suspended last week.

34 responses to “David Irving says he’s done with the NFL

  1. So if you dont like the rules just quit so you can get high all day. Heck of a role model.
    Wish he realized just how privileged he is to.do that, while the rest of us have to follow the rules to make a living for our families.

  2. He most certainly will NOT be missed by Dallas or the NFL. Suspended for 22% of the games he missed. Bu-bye!

  3. Sorry to see him lose his shot at generational wealth but applaud him for standing up for what he believes in. Considering how many people are pushed into pain killer addiction or so easily fall into alcoholism, I have zero issue with dude smoking something out of the ground in the privacy of his own home.

  4. I was giving what he was saying a chance, then he brought Kaepernick into it. You love football but you’re throwing you career away over weed. I am not against weed or NFL players(or anyone) using it but I don’t make the rules and neither does he, it’s against the rules for them and that’s no secret. But then again I’m just a simpleton fan who only understands 20% of what goes on in the NFL.

  5. I understand that the NFL is on the losing side of this argument, and I eagerly await the day they take weed off of the banned substances list. Until they do though, how hard is it to simply comply with a rule your employer laid out for you. Right there in the contract it said “Don’t do ” and then you go ahead and do it anyway because you have no respect for rules, is it really that difficult to be a responsible adult?

  6. The headline of this story should read: “The NFL is done with David Irving”.

    What a waste of talent..

  7. Although he makes some valid points he’s not the right spokesman for this cause. This guy quit on Dallas last year due to ongoing baby-mama drama and refuses to quit smoking even temporarily to try to get reinstated. The dude had the talent to make him and his family tens of millions of dollars and he threw it all away. A real waste.

  8. It’s funny because most of you comment don’t know much but anything obviously. After all he said all you heard was the word weed. He’s totally right marijuana should not be legal substance and like that opioids are you a problem an extremely addictive. It’s kind of stupid that a person can be allowed to take an addictive drug that can harm you but a little harmless marijuana isn’t allowed. Marijuana isn’t performance-enhancing. Yeah it can alter your mental state but so can prescription drugs but ensuring prescription drugs are way worse for your body. So if any of you pay attention he’s not giving up football just for weed. What he’s saying is he’s putting his body through hell on the field and The Insider’s body’s going through hell from all the medications he has to take to heal and stay healthy properly but smoking something that is not detrimental to your health whatsoever and actually has very good qualities for medical reasons is considered illegal. So as much as I hate to agree with him I have to. Hopefully some other people open their eyes and actually take this message from what it is.

  9. Keyboard warriors are up early this morning.

    Irving is just saying what Ricky Williams was talking about… Lay off the finger smashing a bit

  10. Choosing weed over millions of dollars in potential earnings. Sounds smart to me, huh?

  11. What is so complicated about following rules? Why is that so hard for some people? Most rules are good but some people take any rule as oppression. It is an insane mentality.

  12. Hasn’t been in a game in two months and is talking about medicinal weed while smoking a blunt. Just be honest, dude. You’d rather get high. That’s fine, it’s your life, but quit the crybaby act.

  13. this is just dumb…. like it or not, its still classified as a drug of abuse. In fact its still a federally illegal drug. So he went agaijnst league rules, he’d rather get high than have a job and get paid millions.

  14. I will tell you what, I am not a guy who smokes weed – it’s not my thing. BUT….. these guys get banged up to a level that the average person would never understand. The teams shove opioids and painkillers down their throats and wonder why these guys have substance abuse problems. I played professional hockey, and I stayed away from those things- they were handed out like candy. I’ve seen a lot of guys who cant function without a handful a few times a day. If a little weed helps them with pain management, I am all for it. I would assume for some guys they just want to smoke, and you will have to deal with that. But I think for most it’s a legit pain management tool. Get these guys off the strong meds, it’s brutal on the body and for addiction.

  15. “People think we are millionaires, I don’t have a million dollars” Irving said. And he never will if he quits football!!

    But hey, me martyred himself, he got some love on Instagram and it sounds like that’s all that matters to this guy. He will be forgotten in 6 months.

  16. He made a choice. The same choice as any NFL player can make if they don’t like the rules of playing in the NFL. That is how simple it is. Not making enough money and no one wants to pay you what you want? Quit. If you don’t like the substance abuse.policy. Quit. It is that simple and no one will care.

  17. Does he not realize that a good amount of companies drug test as well in the real world?? It is their prerogative to do so. If you don’t like it tough. Go do something else then. No video needed in protest. Think how stupid that would be if everyone made videos in protest because the company they wished to work for drug tested?? Comical

  18. AAF or XFL? Curious if one of them give him a chance. I actually agree with his weed stance vs opioids but I feel there is more too him that will get in his way even if he tries to get on with one of these other leagues

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