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Irvin Won't Join Analyst Ranks

Michael Irvin, the former NFL star arrested last week at an apartment where law officers say they found marijuana and other drugs, will not join Fox Sports Net as an analyst.

"After several lengthy conversations between Fox Sports Net and Michael Irvin, both parties agree that given the events of last week, it would be imprudent for Michael to begin his career as an analyst on `NFL This Morning' at this time," the network said in a release Friday.

The network said the show will be hosted by Chris Myers, with analysis from Marv Levy, Jackie Slater and Chris Spielman.

Fox Sports Net officials reached by The Associated Press declined to discuss the announcement further. Irvin, the star receiver who retired from the Dallas Cowboys this year, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Irvin was arrested Aug. 9 at an apartment where law officers say they found less than two ounces of marijuana along with ecstasy pills. He was arrested on investigation of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Two days after Irvin and another woman were arrested at the north Dallas apartment, members of a drug task force announced they would not seek marijuana charges against Irvin.

A drug task force had a warrant for the apartment's tenant, who was not there. Instead, Irvin and the tenant's sister were at the apartment.

Apartment tenant Ronda Adham was arrested by task force agents on Aug. 10 in a Dallas suburb. She was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in 1999 and had violated conditions of her pretrial release.

Adham was part of a group accused of selling the heroin that killed former Dallas lineman Mark Tuinei last year, according to published reports.

Irvin has insisted he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the drugs were not his.

In 1996, Irvin pleaded no contest to felony cocaine possession in exchange for four years of deferred probation, a $10,000 fine and dismissal of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

The NFL suspended Irvin for five games. He finished his deferred probation on the charge just before he announced his retirement in July.

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