Below is Irving, but it’s unknown whether or not he was the one that actually had the idea, pulled the sign, helped with it, or whatever (via Ames Tribune).
The stop sign was just part of the damage that was on Welch Avenue and the surrounding areas. Around 1,000 people were involved in the madness, and most if it was started because the street, populated with food vendors, was overpopulated with drunks that were ushered out of house parties and were apparently bored.
Head coach Paul Rhoads responded by saying he talked to Irving, but didn’t say what that conversation entailed. But the Ames Tribune does have this statement from him.
“There have been no arrests made to our knowledge as an athletic department and football program,” Rhoads said. “We have had no kids involved in any type of behavior that is criminal. We will certainly follow up if any leads from anybody about any of our kids’ involvement.”
Well, clearly Rhoads hasn’t seen the photo of Irving carrying a stop sign, because doing anything with city property like with said stop sign is the act vandalism, and theft if he kept it.
This isn’t the first time Irving’s been involved with something stupid. He was suspended for a game last season after a domestic assault charge that were eventually dropped.
Probably the best line of the whole ordeal is from Pro Football Talk’s report:
Now, in fairness to the 6-7, 281-pound player, carrying that particular sign with its very explicit message could very well have been the extremely large man’s oversized way of letting the unruly crowd know they should cease and desist their riotous civil disobedience. Or he was being a college student. One of the two.