Posted: 1:21 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014
By Jeff Schultz
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has admitted to abusing painkillers in the past and as recently as five months ago claimed to have not had a drink in 15 years. But he was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, and now many are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will deal with an owner as severely as he does the league’s players.
If Irsay has relapsed, that’s far more significant than anything else that may come his way, including the four felony charges stemming from his arrest. Carmel, Ind., police said they found “multiple prescription drugs … in pill bottles.” The police report said the “Schedule IV prescription drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.”
Aside from personal and legal issues, Irsay presumably will be disciplined by Goodell. He should. This commissioner is swift when dealing with any legal problems by players, issuing suspensions and fines, and he should be at least that strict with one of the league’s 32 owners.
Almost on cue, Falcons wide received Roddy White, seldom shy with his opinions, is weighing in on Twitter.
It’s safe to assume White isn’t the only player watching what Goodell does next.
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About the Author
Jeff Schultz has worked at newspapers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta. He has been with the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution since 1989. He has been honored several times by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and several other organizations. He also likes puppies, rock and roll and anything with cheese on it.