Suspended Cowboys DL David Irving announces NFL retirement by lighting up joint

Given a choice between his NFL career and marijuana, it seems Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is emphatically choosing the latter.

The 25-year-old announced his decision in apt fashion on Thursday, blasting the NFL and defending his weed consumption ... while apparently smoking weed.

Cowboys DL David Irving’s NFL career literally goes up in smoke

Weeks before becoming a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, Irving was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Iowa State product had been suspended for the first four games of both the 2017 and 2018 season for previous violations.

“I’m in the NFL because I’m great at what I do,” Irving said in a previous Instagram post. “I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout, or the perfect model citizen.

Not knowing what his next NFL team will be or when it will be, Irving decided to instead go on Instagram Live and tell fans he’s done with the league.

Warning: Irving uses profane language in the following videos.

“So, basically guys, I quit,” Irving said with a smile. “They want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m outta there. I’m not doing this s—- no more. It’s a lot of reasons.”

Irving then proceeded to affirm that he loves football, but the NFL’s presence gets in the way of that love. He did not deny he was addicted to marijuana, but instead noted he’d prefer to be addicted to weed over other types of painkillers.

“If I’m going to be addicted to something, I’d rather it be marijuana, which is medical,” Irving said. “It’s medicine, I do not consider it a drug.”

Irving also compared his plight to that of Colin Kaepernick, whose NFL career effectively ended when teams refused to sign him due to the quarterback’s protests for racial justice.

So that appears to be that for Irving, who has a daughter.

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) paces the sideline prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys on October 14, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is sacked in the second quarter by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) tips a pass of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 21: David Irving #95 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 21, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 20-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - JUNE 14: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) walks to the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys mini camp practice on June 14, 2018 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) celebrates a sack during the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys on November 5, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) sits alone on the bench following the a 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Jim Cowsert/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - MAY 31: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) walks to the locker room after workouts during the Dallas Cowboys OTA practice on May 31, 2017 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27: David Irving #95 of the Dallas Cowboys walks out onto the field for the start of the second half against the Buffalo Bills during NFL game action at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 02: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Kansas State Wildcats rushes up field past defensive tackle David Irving #87 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half on November 2, 2013 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Iowa State defensive end David Irving gets set on the line of scrimmage during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 35-21. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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David Irving’s troubled career ends

If Irving has indeed played his final NFL snap, it will be the end of a career that has been a constant headache for the Cowboys.

Along with his multiple suspensions, Irving has made headlines for pronouncing that he was medicated in every game he’s playedmissing multiple drug tests and taking a leave of absence due to a contentious custody battle. He was also accused of domestic violence, but his ex-girlfriend later recanted the allegation after hacking his Twitter.

While on the field, Irving posted 56 tackles. 12.5 sacks and 12 pass deflections in 37 career games.

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