There once was a sketch on Chappelle’s Show — an all-time classic comedy series — entitled “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.” Basically, in one installment, Dave Chappelle kept it so real that his life took a major turn for the worse, and he went from having a stellar job and career to one that was far less glamorous. We now have a real-life version of that.
On March 1, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He is not the first, nor will he be the last, to get in trouble for this, but, man, the 6-foot-7, 290-pounder from Compton, California decided to keep it very, very real, and only time will tell how and if it will backfire on him.
Less than a week after being suspended, Irving decided to light up a joint and announce his retirement from the NFL. Yes, he was actually smoking marijuana while telling the world in Instagram Live that he was officially quitting.
Perhaps yours truly needs to brush up on his NFL retirement history, but this has to be a first.
Here are a few different clips from the 25-year-old’s Instagram Live announcement, which includes talking about football and the NFL’s drug policy — how it compares to the likes of the NBA, MLB and UFC — Colin Kaepernick, and smoking weed, among several other things.
Warning: These videos include strong language and recreational drug use.
An undrafted free agent from the Iowa State Cyclones in 2015, Irving was suspended for the first four games of both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The third violation, well, was the final straw for him.
“Basically, guys, I quit, “ he said. “I don’t want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m outta there. I’m not doing this s— no more.”
David Irving officially retires from his NFL career with 56 total tackles, including 12.5 sacks, with five force fumbles and one fumble recovery in 37 games since joining the Dallas Cowboys before the 2015 season. He only appeared in two games during the 2018 season.
“Everyone questions my commitment to football, but let’s get it straight, here and now,” he continued. “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. What you all see us do, the game and s—, that’s, what, 20 percent of all the real s— we’re doing.”
“Ya’ll will know about my plans pretty soon,” he said. “Very soon. Good plans. Big plans in the making. It would be best to just sit back and enjoy the show now that I’m not in the NFL anymore.”
That show has already been seen before, though. Unless and until David Irving can flip the script of it, he might have kept it too real on Instagram Live.