Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin said Sunday night that a drug pipe police found in his car belonged to a longtime friend whom he’s trying to help recover from an addiction.
Irvin, an ESPN studio analyst and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after police searched his vehicle during a traffic stop Friday.
Irvin told The Associated Press late Sunday the pipe belonged to a friend of 17 years who left a Houston rehab center and came to Irvin’s house in Carrollton for Thanksgiving. Irvin wouldn’t reveal his friend’s name.
I’ll say one thing for Michael Irvin. Unlike some people, he can open his mouth without rolling over on Pedro Guerrero.
It should be an interesting day of chat radio. If, for example, Darryl Strawberry found himself in a similar situation, we can safely assume that for Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, etc., the chronic Mets recidivist would be the object of ridicule. Whether or not similar treatment will extend to an ESPN colleague remains to be seen, but I suspect they’ll tread carefully.