One of the best defensive players for the Dallas Cowboys had some interesting, and potentially troubling, developments on social media on Monday morning.
So troubling that Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is being investigated for potential domestic violence, per the Frisco Police Department.
Per Frisco PD information officer Ryan Chandler, Irving is being investigated for "Assault bodily injury of family member; assault family member impeding breath/circulation; and unlawful restraint."
The claim of "assault family member breath/circulation" is the lone potential felony charge.
By Monday at 4:50 p.m., however, the girlfriend who made these claims, Angela Sanchez, denied her accusations and said Irving never put his hands on her.
Chandler said Frisco PD responded to a pair of calls to Irving's home on Sunday, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m.
"We are just investigating," Chandler told the Star-Telegram's Drew Davison.
A source told the Star-Telegram's Clarence E. Hill that the Cowboys are investigating this now, too.
So Irving's Twitter account, @Caliboy_95, was either hacked on Monday morning, someone is playing a bad joke on him, or something really indeed went down.
Shortly after 8 a.m. CT on Monday, Irving's Twitter account read, "David irving going to jail say good by to his football career."
That was followed by, "Domestic vilance [ sic] again"
Five minutes later, it read, "Profile hacked."
One minute later: "Cut his gf hair and kicked her to the streets"
And then these in succession: "With no where to go"
"Nope his gf is on it"
"Watch the nes [ sic] soon guys #"
"All his dirty laundtty [ sic] "
"Even all the drug test he’s failing"
"No hacks her"
His account responded directly to a tweet from my account, @MacEngelProf, when I wrote, "This is either a case of hacking, a bad joke, or something much worse."
Four responses sent to me read: "Hack." "Nope you'll all see." "He cut my hair." "And hit me again."
The last tweet, from 8:50 a.m. reads, "Profile hacked."
The other tweets were deleted.
On Irving's Facebook profile, he wrote, "Excuse the posts , my ex hacked me because I kicked her out for cheating ... Again lol."
The girlfriend also wrote that he failed drug tests. And that she has video evidence.
The Cowboys are aware of the social media activity but are not commenting "At this time," per the team's director of public relations, Rich Dalrymple.
From NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “We will look into the matter.”
During Irving's college career at Iowa State, he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, who is the mother of their daughter. She did later request that all charges be dropped.
Sanchez is the same woman. Her statement on Monday afternoon reads, "On April 22 the father of my child and my current boyfriend had a vocal argument that spilled out into our front yard. My neighbor's were concerned and called 911. I was very upset and made some allegations that were false at the time due to our vocal argument and my emotional state. I had no intentions of getting David into trouble, I was just very emotional and upset. I would like to be clear, although our relationship is not perfect, we love one another and David did not put his hands on me at anytime. I am deeply sorry this has caused both of us so much unwanted and undue attention. David is a great father and our focus is working on our relationship and raising our beautiful daughter. I would urge the media to please refrain from spreading this false story."
For as talented, charming and personable as he is, there remains a side to him that is ... different. There is always some noise following David Irving.
Led by Sheriff Stephen Jones, we have seen these Cowboys don't want noise.
There is a reason why the Cowboys did not give Irving a larger contract this off-season. He recently signed a second-round tender, a one-year deal at $2.91 million.
Irving is 6-foot-7, 291 pounds; he's fast, athletic and can pressure a passer and make plays on the defensive line. He's a commodity. Irving is worth more than $2.91 million.
He must turn down the noise, and the stupid trouble, that has followed him since his days at Iowa State.
Irving missed the first four games of the 2017 NFL season because he failed a drug test for using PEDs.
When he played at Iowa State, he was involved in multiple incidents with the law. The most infamous was 2014, when Irving was caught holding a stop sign during the school's annual party, "Veisha riot."
Then coach Paul Rhoads kicked Irving off the team. Irving went undrafted in 2015, was picked up by Kansas City as a rookie free agent; the Cowboys grabbed him when the Chiefs put him on their practice squad.
Since becoming a Cowboy, he has developed into a good player. Not a great player, but a good one.
In eight games last season, he had seven sacks and was a noticeable player along the Cowboys' defensive line. He's only 24, and there is so much ability there.
Irving is bright. He's charming. He is sitting on a lotto ticket for a life both during, and after, football.
He just has to turn down the noise.