As Dallas continued to reel Saturday from Thursday’s attack that left five police officers dead in downtown, weekend activities resumed in the Dallas/Fort Worth area despite the lingering sting of the tragedy.
But Michael Irvin’s appearance at his own Playmaker Academy football camp at the University of North Texas kept morale high, both for campers and the Pro Football Hall of Famer, who said he turned to the game he loves to get back a certain sense of normalcy.
I understand we have unrest over the country over things that have happened, but those officers didn’t have anything to do with that.
Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin
Irvin played 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1988-99), owns three Super Bowl rings and multiple team receiving records, including career receptions (750) and career receiving yards (11,904).
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and remains much beloved by Cowboys fans.
“I had just gotten home [in Plano], gotten back from out of town,” Irvin said of Thursday’s events. “I was sitting at home with the wife, and I was watching a peaceful protest. And the last bit of it, chaos ensued.”
As details and video clips from Thursday night’s shootout emerged in real time, a negotiation with suspect Micah Xavier Johnson turned deadly for the shooter when Dallas Police deployed a bomb-carrying robot to his location to eliminate the threat.
My mom always said, and it was one of the first things I said watching it, ‘two wrongs never make a right.’
“It was just a sad day. It was heartbreaking, and it’s been that way. And I pray for the families. To lose your life doing what you’ve been called to do, to protect the lives of others, it’s a difficult thing to watch, especially that way,” Irvin said. “I understand we have unrest over the country over things that have happened, but those officers didn’t have anything to do with that.”
Police Chief David Brown said that before Johnson was killed he told hostage negotiators that he was angry about recent police shootings of black men across the country and wanted to kill police officers, especially white ones.
“My mom always said, and it was one of the first things I said watching it, ‘two wrongs never make a right,’ ” Irvin said. “When you see something that horrific you go back to the basics of your training, and that’s one thing my mom always said was, ‘Baby, two wrongs never make a right,’ and [the shootings were] wrong.”