'I'll Kaepernick myself': Cowboys' Irving quits NFL after substance-abuse ban

Friday, Mar 8, 2019

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving says he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the league’s substance abuse policy.

“Basically, guys, I quit,” Irving said in an Instagram Live post on Thursday. “I don’t want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m outta there. I’m not doing this shit no more.”

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The suspension came after Irving’s third violation of the substance abuse policy in three years. Irving appeared to be smoking marijuana during his Instagram post.

“It’s funny, you know, some people: ‘Oh, you’re addicted to weed, you’re addicted to this and that,’” he said. “I mean shit, 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 shit that they feed you.

“Like I said, it’s not about smoking weed. How many NBA players you see getting in trouble about this? How many coaches you see getting in trouble about this? How many baseball players? How many UFC players getting in trouble?”