'I'll Kaepernick myself': Cowboys' Irving quits National Football League after substance-abuse ban

Cowboys DE David Irving blasts NFL over stance on cannabis

Cowboys DE David Irving blasts NFL over stance on cannabis

Irving, who was indefinitely suspended last week for violating the NFL's drug policy, put an exclamation point on his announcement by appearing to smoke marijuana in his video (note: language).

Irving delivered his message through Instagram Live on Thursday, saying "Basically, guys". The 25-year-old played in two games for the Cowboys this past season, recording four tackles and a sack.

According to ESPN, Irving said his issue was squarely with the league, not the sport. "They wanna 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 was issued with an indefinite suspension by the National Football League last week for a violation of its substance abuse policy. "It's much bigger than that", Irving explained before going on to say that other sports leagues and even actors don't face the same strict anti-pot rules as NFL players. I love football. Football shaped me. "I'm not in the National Football League because I'm an Eagle Scout, or the ideal model citizen". The NFL is not football, you need to understand that. How many National Basketball Association players do you see get in trouble about this? He registered an impressive seven sacks in just eight games the season prior.

Cowboys DT David Irving says he's quitting football (while smoking marijuana) during Instagram live stream

Irving was undrafted coming out of Iowa State but ended up on the Cowboys during 2015 after spending time on the Chiefs' practice squad. Everyone thinks it's about smoking weed. "It's medicine, I do not consider it a drug; rather than the Xanax bars or the hydros or the Seroquel and all that insane s**t that they feed you".

"Well once they do that, give me a call", Irving wrote. How many coaches you see get in trouble about this?

Irving is set to become a free agent this offseason, and the Cowboys will not re-sign him.

He must have had either more serious or multiple violations after that to go from being suspended four games, going right past the 10-game ban and to indefinite suspension.

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