When you had enough, you’ve had enough. That is precisely what has happened to David Irving. The professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys merely has had enough. When it comes to the rules and policies the NFL has surrounding cannabis, David Irving is hanging up his pads, tossing out the ball, and kicking the helmet to the endzone.
David is no stranger to the consequences faced by NFL players. Not just the consequences suffered by getting caught with THC in your system but also the consequences of the league’s opioid filled ways. David has faced three suspensions during his career, and after being placed on an indefinite suspension for his 3rd offence, David decided enough was enough.
“So, Basically Guys, I Quit”
On Thursday, March 7th the football player made a public selfie video on Instagram announcing he will no longer be pursuing a career in the NFL. He stated the following in the video.
“So, basically guys, I quit. They want to talk about suspension and all this other nonsense; I’m out of there. I’m not doing this shit no more. Some people are like ‘oh, you’re addicted to weed,’ but shit if I’m going to be addicted to something, I’d rather it be marijuana, which is medicine… Rather than the Xanax bars or the hydros or the Seroquel that they feed you.”
Stigma in the NFL
Currently, the National Football League bans all forms of cannabis including low THC cannabis oils. If players test positive for THC, they face disciplines such as hefty fines and suspensions. This has many such as David questioning why professional athletes in other sports leagues, coaches in various professional sports leagues or Hollywood actors don’t receive the same stigma for cannabis use that NFL players face.
In the NHL, cannabis is widely utilized by players without punishment, and there are countless celebrities Hollywood stars that have come out of the cannabis closet without facing the stigma that NFL players do. It’s not just facing stigma if NFL players test positive for cannabis; it very well could cost them their livelihood.
Opioid Issues in the League
David has seen firsthand the effects of fellow players being fed opioids. As David says, “I get to see around the office how that fucks your head up, and I feel it.”
As it stands, the NFL needs to address its cannabis policies. Nearly three-quarters of the states in the United States offer medical cannabis programs, and 10 states have legal retail markets.
There is no reason why we should be shaming NFL players for choosing a safe, natural alternative with minimal risk of side effects. It is time the NFL catches up with the times and addresses this policy once and for all. It is great to see individuals such as David standing up to the NFL’s oppressive ways; however, it is quite sad that it cost him his career.