Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving tweeted that he lost his nipple ring during the team’s training camp, and as a result, injured his nipple.
“It hurt so bad I just had to let the world know,” Irving told reporters after practice on Wednesday. “But (the nipple) didn’t completely tear through. It must have been loose and yanked the side out. Thank God it was loose.
“I guess I gross some people out,” Irving added of the nipple ring. “Pretty funny to see people’s reactions. I have no shame.”
Asked why he had a nipple ring in the first place, Irving responded, “The girls love it. That’s why I got it.”
Irving is set to serve a four-game suspension to start the 2017 campaign after failing a drug test.
Irving, an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, had developed into a key player on the Cowboys’ defense. He appeared in 12 games in 2015 and 15 games last season, while starting two of those games.