NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving let his career go up in smoke, so to speak, during an expletive-filled live stream on Instagram where he said he was done playing professional football. He did it while apparently smoking marijuana on camera.
"Basically guys, I quit," Irving said. "I'm out of there. It's a lot of reasons why I've come to this decision."
Irving had been suspended indefinitely by the league on March 1, 2019 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time.
He went on to say he is upset players have to deal with the league’s policy.
“Like I said, it ain’t about smoking weed. How many NBA players do you see getting in trouble about this? How many coaches do you see getting in trouble about this? How many baseball players getting in trouble? How many UFC players getting in trouble? How many actors? Not many but you do see us football players,” Irving said.
The 25-year-old had served four-game suspensions during the 2017 and 2019 seasons for drug policy violations.
Irving, who will be a free agent when the league year begins in a week, compared his stance on marijuana to Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests.
"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," Irving said.