This was quite the statement from David Irving.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman announced in a Instagram video late Thursday that he’s leaving the NFL, saying he’s prepared to “quit” football unless it loosens its stance on marijuana to match policies of other professional sports leagues.
“Pass the blunt, bro,” a smiling Irving said into the camera while holding a sizable joint. “Weed … you’re addicted to this, and that. I mean, s–t, if I’m going to be addicted to something, I’d rather it be marijuana, which is medical. It’s medicine; 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.”
The 25-year-old was recently suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a third violation of its drugs policy.
"Basically, guys, I quit," Irving said in the long video in which he is seen smoking a joint. "I don't want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense.
"I'm outta there. You know, there's a lot of reasons why I come to this decision."
Irving has spent the past four seasons with the Cowboys since joining as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State. He played just two games for Dallas in 2018, notching one sack and four tackles.
“So like I said, it ain’t about smoking weed,” Irving added. “How many NBA players you see getting in trouble about this? How many coaches you see get in trouble about this? How many baseball players get in trouble? How many UFC players getting in trouble? How many actors? Not many, but you do see us football players.”
“I’m not putting up with this s–t for no reason,” Irving said. “Plant over pills.”
The Cowboys revealed last month that that the team had no intention of re-signing him when he became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
"As you know I've voiced my opinion about this medicine right here," he said with the joint in his hand.
"We got this opioid thing going on. Everyone thinks it's about smoking weed, it's not. It's much bigger than that.
"I have concussions every day. I feel it, crashing cars and all types of stuff."
He added: "Some people say 'you're addicted to weed, you're addicted to this and that.'
"If I'm going 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 [hydrocodone] or the Seroquel that they feed you."
"Everyone questions my commitment to football, but let's get it straight, here and now. I love football.
"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 - you need to understand that."
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