Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Michael Irvin on the NFL Network set before the game against the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Irvin: Cris Carter told my wife to leave me


Michael Irvin took great exception when Cris Carter offered some advice for the Cleveland Browns in their handling of Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon. After Carter suggested the Browns cut Gordon for his own sake, Irvin took to the Dan Le Batard Show to vent his frustrations with the remark.

“People start thinking that you have insight on the situation or the issue or the problem so when you come out and make those kinds of comments and you’re not in his sessions with his professional help, you don’t know what’s going on in those sessions, then you’re being irresponsible.”

But Irvin didn’t stop there. Clearly keyed by the situation, Irvin got personal and shared a story previously held from the public eye that fit the idea of Carter perhaps impressing his own experience on others a bit too much.

“He said to my wife — he said to my wife –you know, Michael would never come out of this problem until you leave him. Till you leave him. For years, I’ve held it. I’ve never shared that with anybody. I’ve never in my life shared that with anybody. I was so irked with Cris because he was out of line then. His ass is out of line now. He is out. of. line.”

When asked if Irvin ever confronted Carter about the remarks, Irvin gave an emphatic answer. “Nope. Never confronted him with it because I know, just because he spoke it doesn’t make it reality and it wasn’t going to be my reality in that situation.”

The entire interview is one large, beautiful behemoth of quotable piece after another. Irvin later emphasized that he’s trying to come from a more informed stance on the issue, talking to doctors and specialists who deal with those suffering from addiction, much like the ailments which seem to afflict Gordon.

“It may not happen when the NFL wants it to happen — it’s NOT about the NFL and it may not happen when the Cleveland Browns fans want it to happen and it’s NOT about them either. It’s about that kid.”

Credit Irvin at the very least for maintaining a stance and taking the side of Gordon, on which few people are standing right now.

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  • bill schmidt

    Cris is absolutely right unless they hit bottom their chances for recovery are drastically reduced. I have lived with it!

  • Zack Selzman

    Irvin’s drug problems and assaults make is unlikely that he was much of a husband. If his wife was talking to Chris Carter about what she should do, I’m going to go ahead and blame that on Mike. Hopefully he has stopped using drugs and has given his wife a reason to stay.

  • Erik Hertwig

    It is actually good advice. Irvin is a 3 arrest drug user. Cowboy money got him out of jail time. Too bad, lock up would be good for his arrogance.

  • Erik Hertwig

    It is actually good advice. Irvin is a 3 arrest drug user. Cowboy money got him out of jail time. Too bad, lock up would be good for his arrogance.

    • Erik Hertwig

      BTW. If any of you big TV execs bother to read this. I have made it a point to NOT WATCH ANY show that Irv-dink is on.

  • David Morgan

    Gordon doesn’t need people on his side. Where he is at right now, his addictions are the most important things I his life. HE needs to realize he has a problem and needs help. Until that happens, nothing anyone says will matter.

  • watchdogg2007

    I like Chris Carter, but sometimes he needs to mind his on business.

  • Mr. Black

    I take it Irvin is still a drug addict? He’s still blaming other people for his own problems.