Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving announced his decision to step away from the game of football earlier this offseason, so now, he is essentially free to speak on whatever he wants.
Recently, he decided to take aim at Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, accusing him of not being entirely comfortable around people of color.
“Jason Garrett and I have never really gotten along,” Irving said, according to Clarence Hill of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “To be honest with you, not many people get along with this man. I wish I could put a finger on [why]. I really do. I don’t think it’s just one reason. It’s not just one person that can’t get along with him. It’s a lot of people. If I can say anything, I feel like he needs to be more comfortable with people of color, to be honest with you. This is a league where there’s a lot of people of color around, and you’re going to have to deal with us. If you don’t know how to talk to us or relate to us, I don’t know. It’s a tough position. . . . I think it’s a little uncomfortable for him. Not to say the man’s racist. He’s definitely not racist. Do not get me wrong. It’s just maybe he’s socially awkward.”
Given that the Cowboys' best players are predominantly black, this is definitely a rather noteworthy accusation from Irving.
To be fair to Garrett, he has been Dallas' head coach since the midway point of the 2010 campaign and was an assistant coach for six years before that, and we had never heard of anything like this pertaining to him during that span.