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JohninGpt
12-01-2005, 07:31 PM
A whole week!

ESPN suspends Irvin for one week
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Associated Press
Posted: 4 hours ago



DALLAS (AP) - Michael Irvin says he has been suspended by ESPN for one week for not telling the network about his arrest last week, when police found a drug pipe hidden in his car during a traffic stop.

Irvin, who has maintained that the pipe belonged to a friend, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he won't return to the air until Dec. 11. He was arrested Friday in Plano, Texas, for an outstanding warrant on an unpaid speeding ticket but was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after police searched his car.
ESPN did not learn of Irvin's arrest until reporters began calling the network Sunday night. Irvin said he didn't tell the network about his arrest because he was scared.

"I was just scared, hoping and praying that maybe it would go away," Irvin said. "I was told that I paid the fine and it was over. I was hoping it was over."

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network doesn't comment on specific personnel records. On Monday, the network had said it expected Irvin to appear on the air Sunday for NFL Countdown.

Irvin, a former wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said he had no problem with the suspension.

"Being an employee and not giving them the information, certainly it's fair," Irvin said.

Plastic baggies with marijuana residue were found in a sunglasses case along with the pipe in Irvin's car. Irvin said he put the items there after finding them on a friend who arrived at his house in Carrollton, Texas, on Thanksgiving. Irvin said he planned to throw the items away but forgot.

Irvin had said his friend, whom he's known for 17 years, had checked himself out of a Houston rehab center earlier in the week.

Irvin was driving with his wife in the car Friday afternoon when he was pulled over for going 78 mph in a 60 mph zone. Irvin was released after paying a $335 fine for the arrest warrant and a $256 bond. The paraphernalia charge is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine.

Irvin said Thursday he's been in "shutdown mode" since the story broke, not checking phone messages or watching television. He said the arrest won't deter him from continuing to help his friends but said he would now handle a similar situation differently - namely, by not touching anything.

"I need to take a better approach toward things," Irvin said.

In 1996, Irvin pleaded no contest to felony cocaine possession in exchange for four years of deferred probation, a $10,000 fine and dismissal of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. He also was arrested on drug possession charges in 2000, but they were later dropped.

Irvin won three Super Bowls in four years with the Dallas Cowboys as part of an offense that also featured Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. A vocal, emotional leader, he set every significant career receiving mark in team history before retiring because of an injury suffered in 1999.

siberian khatru
12-01-2005, 07:33 PM
Irvin, a former wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said he had no problem with the suspension.

Yeah, I bet he didn't.

Phobia
12-01-2005, 07:39 PM
A week? Wow. That's like looking at your kid real mean after he throws the cat into the fireplace. **

** With apologies to GBlowfish.

JohninGpt
12-01-2005, 07:41 PM
If he does it again he will have to...sit in the comfy chair!

chefsos
12-01-2005, 07:41 PM
Seems as if ESPN had no problem with the arrest, but drew the line at getting scooped on the story.

Herzig
12-01-2005, 07:42 PM
Michael Irvin.....You're Grounded!

Now take your pipe and go to your room!

OldTownChief
12-01-2005, 07:45 PM
Here ya go already rich guy, have a week off work. Enjoy

ferrarispider95
12-01-2005, 07:48 PM
One week, ban that crack smoking fool for life.

Rain Man
12-01-2005, 07:51 PM
Great. I'm locking my garage this week.

chief52
12-01-2005, 08:19 PM
"Being an employee and not giving them the information, certainly it's fair," Irvin said.

Seems Michael is in a little denial. I realize that is the spin that is being put on it, but ya think maybe being busted to start with may have been the problem?

I have no problem with him or anyone smoking, but damn I am tired of lame asses that can not face up to their own decisions. It is mine...I got caught with it...and I will pay the fine! Why not stand up instead of being a spineless lier. I do not get it...

stevieray
12-01-2005, 08:22 PM
Jesse Jackson must've called ESPN.

JohninGpt
12-01-2005, 08:23 PM
Jesse Jackson must've called ESPN.
Arlan Spector too.

stevieray
12-01-2005, 08:27 PM
Do you really consider ESPN's reaction tough?

JohninGpt
12-01-2005, 08:29 PM
Do you really consider ESPN's reaction tough?
I actually consider it a silly token punishment. I think the dude looks stoned every time I see him on TV.

Deberg_1990
12-01-2005, 08:31 PM
Typical.

stevieray
12-01-2005, 08:32 PM
I actually consider it a silly token punishment. I think the dude looks stoned every time I see him on TV.

Yup, I don't buy his story for a second.

People doing the right thing don't go 18 miles over the speed limit with paraphanelia in the car, when they've been busted for dope before.

Deberg_1990
12-01-2005, 09:15 PM
How can they fire Rush Limbaugh, but Irvin gets a "Get out of jail free" card?

Miles
12-01-2005, 09:40 PM
Put him on the inactive list for the rest of the season like his buddy.

Halfcan
12-01-2005, 09:44 PM
So he was going to throw it away but forgot-that is a good one. Damm he thinks quick onn his feet-no wonder he is an annoucer for such a highl,y repspected network.