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Dropping The Ball
Michael Bamberger
April 01, 1996
Caught at the scene of a hotel drug bust, image-conscious Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin lost some luster
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April 01, 1996

Dropping The Ball

Caught at the scene of a hotel drug bust, image-conscious Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin lost some luster

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Irvin was one of two participants in January's Super Bowl to make a mark in the annals of Texas jurisprudence in March. Last Friday morning "Bam" Morris, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back, was arrested, along with another man, and charged with possession of six pounds of marijuana. Morris was driving a black Mercedes on Interstate 30 in Rockwall, 25 miles northeast of Dallas, when he was stopped for swerving. Police found the marijuana in the trunk. Morris and his passenger said they didn't know how the marijuana got there. At his arraignment Morris pleaded not guilty and was released on $25,000 bail.

Back in Dallas County, police and prosecutors were saying that Irvin and Beck had had an ongoing relationship. The unidentified woman on KXAS said she had been with Beck and Irvin at the Residence Inn previously. Beck used to work at The Men's Club of Dallas, a topless establishment that many of the Cowboys frequented, a place believed by its management to enjoy a classy reputation. "We even serve lobster," says Nick Nemeth, the manager, who added that Irvin was at least an occasional visitor.

Mike Bailey, the Residence Inn manager, says Beck and Nabwangu were more than occasional visitors to the hotel. In his call to police on March 3, Bailey said, "They've been running the rooms, and we have to clean up after them." Describing the rental patterns established by Beck and Nabwangu, who have not been charged with prostitution, the manager also said, "A lot of people coming in and out. I mean it's boom, boom, boom. Like by the hour people are coming in the room." About 10 minutes after receiving Bailey's call, the police arrived.

Dallas has a fanatical relationship with its football team. In his interview with SI last week, Drumm was asked if he's a Cowboys fan. "Sure," he said. "Yes, I am."

And what was his reaction after he recognized Irvin in the hotel room?

"Disappointed," the police officer said. "I looked away."

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