Posted: 1:21 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014

NFL must deal with Irsay (and Roddy White weighs in) 

By Jeff Schultz

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for suspicion of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. (Hamilton County, Ind., Sheriff’s Office)

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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39 comments
tyger
tyger

Irsay should'nt be treated any differently than anyone else?


Money shouldn't be the issue...either way...

Embarrassing to the league...protecting the shield?

C'mon man, stop blowing smoke up my ....


The league is human...players, owners, staff...

Mistakes will be made...


Do nothing? No, not at all...

But address the issue, not the peanut gallery...

JSSN
JSSN

Oh Roddy...The mouth (or Twitter thumbs) never stop!

Yes, the Owners have a morals clause as well. Irsay is going to have to face the League just like DeBartolo had to! The stories have been Indy for years about Jim Irsay, and he finally did the "Nap Town Circle Jerk" one too many times! 

@ Desperado...See the DeBartolo case or the Leonard Tose incident,  

"In early '83, the NFL was concerned about rumors that one of its owners was in deep debt from gambling.

Then-commissioner Pete Rozelle tried to talk to Tose about the gambling and suggested that potentially bad publicity about it could be embarrassing to him personally and to the Eagles. The league has the same rule for owners as it does for players -- don't do anything that would bring discredit to the NFL."

This is gonna be ugly if he doesn't cop a plea and that sentence lessened to misdemeanors!

badmoon
badmoon

Irsay is worth 1 or 2 billion. Doesit really matter what Goodell are Roddy White think or do? People like Roddy White are Irsay's 'hired-help'. What I want to know is why he was driving? Dude you got that much money? Hire a driver. Get wasted in the back.

Desperado
Desperado

Why should Goodell discipline him?  He's not involved in the game.  He just has the money to OWN a team.  What an owner does on his own time does not affect the "SHIELD".  Players, on the other hand, are what makes the "SHIELD".  Irsay's actions did not and will not affect the game, his team, or the players.  What if an investment group owned a team and they were found to be making illegal investments?  Would their actions impact the team, players, or the game?

Yes, players are held to a different standard than the owners.  I say leave the man alone.  He's gonna have enough troubles in his life to deal with.

dgroy
dgroy

Guy looks like a thug.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

He should get life in prison for wearing that godawful Ed Hardy shirt at this age.

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

Isnt this the guy who's wife just passed?   I say leave the man alone.   Pill abuse is only gonna get worse and worse in America as doctors keep prescribing younger and younger people pills.  

In fact i went on a date recently with a girl who popped 5 xanexx and 3 painkillers infront of me... her excuse was the doctor "said" to take them.  These doctors are killing people slowly!   Shame on the pill companys and these greedy doctors getting kickbacks for telling people to take sh***T they dont need!

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

So what the guy has a few brees after wrok. Its not liek he killt sum 1 liek Ray Mruder Lewis

slydawg
slydawg

Well,Well Well..... I wonder how many posters will give this spoiled little rich man a pass? I wonder was the drug "illegal" or was a controlled substance?...lol... I'm willing to bet Mr. Irsay was not in possession of marijuana but a "controlled substance" which could get him a felony. He won't spend any time in jail past last night. Remember when ESPN put the camera in Irsay's truck when he and Peyton had their "last supper?" He was DUI and high as hell then!!! And so was Peyton. Check the tape. I am not surprised.

SOB
SOB

Got news for everyone. Filthy rich folks don't get DUI's. This one will be thrown out like all the rest of them. It takes exactly one District Attorney to drop any charge issued by any law enforcement officer for any reason he sees fit. That's the world we live in. Get used to it...

JaySly
JaySly

roddy want big money from atl or he'll be looking around next year for a new team---alt need to pay up!

seminoleking
seminoleking

roddy just insured he will never get to sign with another team......

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

hey Roddy, the same thing applies to those fines imposed on you million dollar players...biggest mouth in the League...be glad when he's gone...go dogs

decatur_g
decatur_g

As far as "embarrasing the shield", the effect is the same as if a player had done it.  As far as Goodell's reach on punishment, I don't think he can touch the owners if their actions don't affect the competitive balance. If Irsay tampered with a free agent or coach, or fudged numbers with the salary cap, then Goodell has precedence to levy penalties. I don't think he has the extended powers to dock owners for societal transgressions outside of football.

58Supersports
58Supersports

White needs to play as good as he runs his mouth.  Hope Falcons don't resign him as he stays hurt most of time.....

    Goodell  will do his job bet on it. The amount of money a person has shouldn't effect the fine, it should be the same.

MitchJolly
MitchJolly

Man, Irsay, along with the other owners employ Goodell. How can the employee discipline his boss? As much as Irsay should pay for his crime in the way the law demands he is not subject to the same internal standards that his employees are. .


Again, Irsay is subject to the same law as all of us are, however, as employer of Goodell, I'm not sure Goodell has the right to impose anything on him. Irsay owns the team. How can anyone keep the owner from his team or impose a fine for owning his team? His ownership of the team is not affected by the laws he broke. Bottom line. 

BRAVES2143
BRAVES2143

I don't think Goodell does anything other then make a recommendation to the other owners.  The owners are Goodell's bosses so if any discipline is made it will come from the other owners.  The NFL commissioner does not have the power  to play fair since he is hired by the owners and he represents only the interest of the owners.   

Stinger2
Stinger2

Schultz: I agree with you that owners should be dealt with similar to the players for misconduct such as this. However, Roddy White as a player needs to let the Commissioner decide what the punishment should be.

I hope Blank at least tells White to keep his comments like these to himself.    

Ted_Striker
Ted_Striker

I don't know what you do to the guy. You can fine him but he doesn't play and he can watch the game from a home theater. Do you give him 30 days off away from the team facility? Do you ding the team a low round draft pick? I think Goodell will do something but am interested to see what it is. 

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

I always have a problem with people who become irate at the mere thought of something happening before it's actually happened.


IF nothing happens to the owner from the NFL, then Roddy and everyone else has every right to call it hypocritical.


But until then, why is everyone up in arms?


This kind of mentality is why Twitter is much more trouble than it's worth.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Shultz,

Have you stooped this low?  Roddy White quotes on another man's misfortune?

ROTFLMAO!

JaySly
JaySly

irsay is a billionaire---he'll pay some chump change fine to the nfl and get a limo to take him partying around town from now on

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

While Roddy makes a valid point,  I wonder what  Arthur Blank thinks of his latest comments and his proclivity towards speaking out on Twitter.   I'm guessing he's tolerating it until Roddy's play diminishes more.   Also, I hope this isn't too uncivil, but I do wish more players would actually add punctuation to their tweets.

jschultz
jschultz moderator

Reminder to those commenting: If you can't keep it civil and you can't comment without profanity, don't comment or you risk being banned.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Hope he gets back into recovery. Yes, he should be disciplined as players are.

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

Isn't Irsay, along with the other 31 NFL team owners, Goddell's boss?

JSSN
JSSN

@Desperado  

You have the NFL confused with Major League Baseball!

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

@FoSho  you can have Roddy. We don't need him or his ilk in the ATL. Let him go to N O where it is Chocolate town. ATL is VANILLA land! We can pick up a better receiver with a better attitude in the draft.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@58Supersports

"The amount of money a person has shouldn't effect the fine, it should be the same."

It hasn't worked that way in the NFL.  Goodell has typically fined people a % of their salary. 

RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

@58Supersports


Roddy white stays hurt? Until the hamstring injury this year he had played in 133 consecutive games(8 years).His streak ranks third in team history.  He stayed hurt this year because the dummy coaches played him even though he was hurt which kept him from getting healed up quicker.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MitchJolly

David Stern never had a problem fining one of his employers (aka NBA owners).  Neither did Bowie Kuhn - as Ted Turner, George Steinbrenner and others found out.

Goodell has the authority to fine or suspend an owner - does he have the cajones?

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@FoSho  

Good point, but that really kinda makes it worse.  Anyone making millions (in this case billions) of dollars who is too cheap/lazy/stupid to just call a cab is a special type of loser.


Drinking while drunk is dumb in the first place, but I have a bit more sympathy for the guy who can't afford a $60 cab ride home.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@jschultz  

Jeff, why did the paper eliminate the "Edit" function on this new blog format? That was one of its most useful features.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@syrupmaker  

Yes, which is why Goodell's handling of any forthcoming discipline will be particularly interesting. 

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

@JSSN @decatur_g  Eddie was a great guy.  Don't like Denise's husband. Eddie WAS the niners. No offense to the York's, but they need to own a different kind of team. I think they ex communicated Eddie.

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

@PaulinNH @MitchJolly  David Stern's last act as commissioner is to fine Mark Cuban. Mr. Cuban is a fan's owner. They dress up in Dallas, Mr. Cuban sits and talks with them-great marketing.  The fans come back. Even if it is to see Mr. Cuban yell at the refs.