Irvin: Pipe belongs to friend

By wire services
Published November 28, 2005

DALLAS - Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after police officers in Plano, Texas, searched his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Irvin, an ESPN analyst and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, told the Associated Press on Sunday that the drug pipe found in his car belonged to a friend of 17 years who left a Houston rehab center and came to Irvin's house for Thanksgiving.

Irvin, who starred at Miami in the mid 80s, said he put the pipe in his car because he didn't want it in his house where his children might find it. He said he planned to throw the pipe away but forgot.

"It's a situation that is not as it seemed," said Irvin, whose voice was choked with emotion during the phone conversation.

Irvin was arrested on an outstanding warrant for speeding in Irving after being stopped Friday afternoon for speeding in Plano. He said he thought he had paid the outstanding ticket. He posted bond on the paraphernalia possession charge and was released.

ESPN said it has spoken to Irvin, and that he will still appear on the network tonight on Monday Night Countdown .

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