Originally created 07/30/01

Irvin to be arraigned on cocaine charge



DENTON, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on felony cocaine possession charges.

The charge stems from Irvin's Aug. 9 arrest at a North Dallas apartment where law officers said they found marijuana and other drugs. Less than two months earlier, he completed four years of deferred probation on a no-contest plea to felony cocaine possession.

Irvin's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Sunday night.

If convicted on the felony cocaine possession charge, Irvin could face six months to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

Irvin, who retired from football in July of last year, has been adamant about his innocence in the latest case. He said he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was a member of three Super Bowl champion teams with the Cowboys and established himself over 12 seasons as one of the NFL's best receivers.