Irving: Garrett Not Comfortable Dealing With People Of Color

Former Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving, who retired in March, opened up about his experience playing for Jason Garrett. It wasn't positive.

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April 03, 2019 - 11:27 am
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One day after dropping by Tiki & Tierney to discuss his quest to change the NFL’s stance on medical marijuana, David Irving dropped by The DA Show to give a behind-the-scenes look at his former team, the Dallas Cowboys – Jason Garrett, specifically.

While Jerry Jones was apparently OK with Irving using marijuana to manage pain, Garrett wasn’t.

“Jerry has done a great deal to help out with us and all his problem children, as he says,” Irving said. “But his hands are tied. Jerry Jones is not the NFL, no matter how popular or how great he is. His NFL doesn’t allow it. But my former team, Jerry did his best. He pulled a lot of strings. He did a lot of things he could to help. And as you see, he is still helping out Randy Gregory. Randy Gregory is a couple of tests ahead of me, but he’s still there and they’re supporting him. They always have. He gets it. I think we’re all kind of hoping we can do what we do and survive until the laws change.”

Garrett, however, wasn’t as supportive of Irving.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Irving said. “I came in after I was able to walk again from my ankle injury I had back in October, and I went into my meeting rooms like normal. He called me out, called me in his room,  asked me what the hell am I thinking. And I’m just confused. I don’t know what he’s talking about. He was like, ‘You should just quit. We don’t need you. We don’t need you here. You’re not helping our team at all. You’re a distraction.’ He said, ‘You’ve been missing drug tests, haven’t you?’ I was like, ‘Yes, sir.’ He was like, ‘Well, why don’t you just quit? We don’t need you anyways. You can go be an actor. You do acting, right? They don’t drug test there. Just get out of here.’ He told me don’t come back to the facility. Just get my treatment and go home.”

Irving, 25, was suspended indefinitely in March for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He missed four games for violating that policy in 2018 and four games in 2017 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Since joining the NFL, Irving has been diagnosed with borderline schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He does not know if the Cowboys are aware of that.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s them who sent me to do all these results and testing and whatnot. Either they don’t know, or they’re insensitive. I’m going to lean towards insensitive a little more. Jason Garrett and I have never really gotten along. To be honest with you, not many people get along with this man.”

Why not?

“I wish I could put a finger on it,” Irving said. “I really do. I don’t think there’s just one reason. It’s not just one person that doesn’t get along with him. It’s a lot of people. I feel like he needs to be more comfortable with people of color, to be honest with you. This is a league where there’s a lot of people of color around, and you’re going to have to deal with us. If you don’t know how to talk to us or relate to us – we just never got along. He’s the only person I haven’t gotten along with in pretty much all my career in football.”

Irving believes Garrett has problems relating to African-Americans.

“I think he does,” Irving said. “I think it’s a little uncomfortable for him. Not to say the man’s racist. He’s definitely not racist. Do not get me wrong. It’s just maybe he’s socially awkward. And me personally, I know he has a problem with me because I don’t necessarily work as hard as he thinks I should work to be as good as I am at football. I feel like Jason is one of those guys where, growing up in football, he was always the second-hand man or the third-string guy, and I feel like he had to work his a-s-s off to even be able to step on the field with some of these guys. Me, I could roll out of bed with a hangover and go outperform anybody. I don’t think he liked that.”