Michael Irvin is one of the most talented receivers to ever suit up in an NFL uniform. Irvin also often made news off the field. In 1996 he pleaded no contest to felont cocaine possession and received four years probation.
On July 29th in 1998, what would become known as "Scissorsgate" captured the attention of sports fans everywhere. Irvin was involved in an incident with teammate Everett McIver in McCullough-Trigg Hall on the campus of Midwestern State University which put his freedom in jeopardy.
Former MSU Police Chief Michael Hagy arrived at MSU a year after the incident but heard the story from the barber who was cutting the players hair that night.
"Michael Irvin came over and kind of got physical with him and McIver hit him. Knocked him across the room. First thing Michael Irvin saw was a pair of scissors, grabbed 'em and stabbed him in the lower neck right below the carotid artery," says Hagy.
The scene quickly shifted from Midwestern State to the hospital.
Hagy continues, "Took him to the 8th street campus of the hospital. Jerry Jones went in there and said 'I need to see the medical records' and they showed him the medical records and he retained them for his purpose. After they triaged him there then he put him in his car and drove him to Parkland Hospital in Dallas."
MSU Vice President Dr. Howard Ferrell: "From the Cowboys staffing and personnel they considered it an internal situation they were going to handle. The police were never called."
"The mentality and thought process was nobody ever came to the police and told them they were a victim. No one ever cam and said I want to file a complaint, I want to file an assault charge," adds Hagy.
"From the university's standpoint it was an incident in the media, an incident never brought to our attention and an incident the Cowboys handled internally," said Ferrell.
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