Deion Sanders chimes in on T.O. ... Irvin.
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- Date: 30 Nov 2005 14:31:30 -0800
Sanders Comes to Defense of Irvin, T.O.
by David Ginsburg
The Associated Press
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Deion Sanders doesn't have an NFL pregame show as
a platform anymore, so he used his position as safety for the Baltimore
Ravens to jump to the defense of Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens.
Irvin was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant for an unpaid
speeding ticket in Irving, Texas, but was charged with misdemeanor
possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a marijuana pipe in
Irvin, a former receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, contended that he
took the pipe from a friend who showed up at his house on Thanksgiving,
put it in his car and planned to dispose of it later but forgot.
Speaking in front of his locker Wednesday, Sanders declared, "Michael
Irvin is totally innocent. I know the whole situation, and it isn't
what it seemed. From his history, we were able to jump to conclusions
and we shouldn't do that at all times. This is a country that says
we're innocent until proven guilty, but it seems like it's the direct
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
"He's my buddy. He's my friend," Sanders said of Irvin. "We've got to
back each other in tough times, and this is a tough time for he and his
family. He was really trying to look out for one of his friends."
Sanders also criticized the Philadelphia Eagles for suspending the
outspoken Owens for four games and then ordering him to stay away from
the team for the rest of the season.
"I feel bad for T.O. It's not right. Just because a guy won't say he's
sorry, he's out of the game of football for the season," Sanders said.
"It's like someone working a job 9 to 5 and they don't apologize to
their boss, they're fired. There are so many things that I don't like
about it. A man should be able to work and make an honest living and do
what he loves to do.
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