We are in the core of a very stout stretch for National Football League (NFL) players and their piercings. First we reported that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones lost a $150,000 earring while jet-skiing in Georgia’s Lake Lanier. And it was followed by reports that David Irving was thoroughly searching the Dallas Cowboys’ practice field for a missing nipple ring.
The Cowboys linebacker David Irving was looking in the practice field because the item of jewelry had been torn off his body during a training camp session. That left the Irving, as the linebacker described it on Wednesday, July 26, to the reporters, with a “ripped nipple.”
David Irving tells me his nipple is ripped after losing his nipple ring in practice…now worried it won't close up
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) July 27, 2017
I've been around the NFL for almost 60 years … this is a first. https://t.co/KLFr6l9Lde
— Gil Bradt (@Gil_Brandt) July 27, 2017
While Julio Jones likely suffered the more expensive disappointment — we haven’t gotten the actual price for the nip piercing — Irving’s was undoubtedly more painful.
Meanwhile, the Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was asked by the reporters regarding missing nipple rings of Irving. “Oh God, seriously?” Marinelli said with a laugh (via Dallas Morning News). “What are we supposed to do? Look for it?”
NippleGate, Day 2: David Irving still looking for nipple ring he lost at practice yesterday. If found, please return. pic.twitter.com/KVBlcn2UPJ
— KristiCowboySideline (@KristiCowboy) July 27, 2017
That’s exactly what the Cowboys linebacker Irving did on Wednesday, to no avail. Well, at least Irving didn’t have the additional cost of hiring a group of scuba divers to search a lake bed for his lost jewelry as Jones did.
David Irving did well to actually be in the position to have his nipple ring torn off, considering that he reportedly missed the first day of his team’s training camp. The Iowa State product, entering his third season in the league, also will sit out from the Cowboys’ first four games this 2017 NFL regular season after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The organization drew criticism for cutting wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, even though he was quickly acquitted for a mistaken charge of shoplifting, and it appeared Cowboys may have been acted irrationally to a string of off-field headlines created by their talents.