Hall of Famer Michael Irvin shares his experiences about bullying
Retired Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, who is a Hall of Famer spoke in the subject.
“[People have] said, ‘Would you have gone through it? Would you have allowed it?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not. Are you serious?’” Irvin said.
Irvin shared his experience about bullying once when the team was returning from a game on an airplane.
“The only thing I can relate it to is we were coming back from a game one time, and I don’t remember the game, but we were on the airplane and Charles Haley, he was in one of those moods,” he recalled. He was going in hard after one of our staff members. I won’t say his name, out of privacy for him … and the guy wasn’t saying anything.”
Irvin said that Charles showed no signs of letting go, so he stood up for the man being bullied.
“Charles just kept going at him, and I said, ‘Hey, enough of that, man.’ He said, ‘I’m going to come back there and kick your . . .’ I said, ‘No, you’re not. No, you’re not kicking nobody’s butt.”
Irvin continued, saying the matter seemed only to escalate.
“We’re on an airplane. We’re going to stop this right now. We’re not doing any of this.’ Charles said, ‘Oh, what are you going to do? You going to come up here and whoop my butt?’” Irvin said. “I said, ‘No, I’m not going to come up there to whoop your butt, but I promise you, you’re going to come through me to whoop his. That’s it. We’re going to stop this now.’
Irvin said he got lucky, as Charles didn’t come over to start a fight.
“I was scared out of my wits. Charles is a big fella and he’s crazy, but thank God, he didn’t come out of his chair,” he said. “I didn’t want to go at Charles, but by no means was Charles getting to that guy because he was wrong. He was wrong and thank God he stayed in that chair.”
Irvin said the tension defused from that point and by no means should one let himself or other get bullied under their watch.
“It calmed down, but he was way out of line and off-base,” Irvin said. “You’ve got to stand up, and if I was in that room with that guy, Incognito, I promise you, I would’ve said something about that.”