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League says Irsay will be subject to discipline

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The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy applies to players.  And to non-players.  And, as the league office has confirmed via email, to owners.

For players, discipline for alcohol-related arrests currently is imposed under the substance-abuse policy.  Non-players still fall under the Personal Conduct Policy, which the NFL beefed up and revised in 2007.

“All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League,’” the policy states.  “This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials, and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.”  (Emphasis added.)

The policy requires all persons arrested or charged to “undergo a formal clinical evaluation,” which could result in a possible requirement to participate in treatment.  While the policy states that’s not part of the discipline, failure to comply with any directives will be a “separate and independent basis for discipline.”

Other coaches and executives have been discipline for DUI in recent years, including Matt Russell and Tom Heckert of the Broncos and Tom Lewand of the Lions.

Lewand, the Lions president, was suspended 30 days and fined $100,000.  The suspension later was reduced to 21 days.

For an owner, the process likely becomes a bit more complicated.  A suspension doesn’t really mean anything.  A fine would have to be significant to get the attention of someone with a net worth of $1.6 billion.

But there’s a danger in going too far.  Taking away draft picks or cap space would be unfair to the rest of the employees, the players, and the fans.

Regardless, the NFL has found itself in new territory with this one.  But it’s important that the NFL not create the impression that a double standard exists between disciplining players and non-players, especially when the non-player is an owner.

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55 Responses to “League says Irsay will be subject to discipline”
  1. thepftprodigy says: Mar 17, 2014 9:12 AM

    Take away his Twitter account.

  2. gward90 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:13 AM

    Whats that? A 300k fine? Peanuts.

  3. spedman24 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:13 AM

    Imagine this guy owned the jets

  4. rmiller517 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:13 AM

    Make him delete his twitter account. That’d hurt more than cash, to somebody who loves voicing his opinion.

  5. realnflmaster says: Mar 17, 2014 9:13 AM

    So glad Woody Johnson isn’t like this.

    #JETSdynasty #IdLikeToThankTheGoodLordForMakingMeAJET

  6. wwrgesusd says: Mar 17, 2014 9:14 AM

    He will be forced to continue giving above average players premium salaries.

  7. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 17, 2014 9:15 AM

    This would certainly explain his wack-0 behavior on Twitter….good luck in Rehab.

  8. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 17, 2014 9:17 AM

    Let’s just see how Goodell handles this one. Slap on the wrist I’m sure.

    #hypocrite

  9. mapedog1 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:18 AM

    The NFL will do with Irsay what it did with the Dolphins and Ray Rice. Not a damn thing.

  10. bucrightoff says: Mar 17, 2014 9:19 AM

    Where would this guy be without inheriting his wealth? I don’t think he’s smart enough to work the drive thru window at McDonalds, so congrats on the nepotism Jim.

  11. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 17, 2014 9:19 AM

    i dont think he should, hes basically a parnter in the operation that is the nfl. hes an owner hes the ultimate authority, not goodell and his hq cronies

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 17, 2014 9:19 AM

    $200k fine and loss of 2015 5th round pick.

  13. surfinbird1 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:22 AM

    Do whatever then offer the guy some help like you would for anybody else.

  14. onixtorres says: Mar 17, 2014 9:22 AM

    All jokes aside – hope this guy gets help. Very sad

  15. micknangold says: Mar 17, 2014 9:23 AM

    Taking away his voting privileges for a year and a record NFL fine should do the trick.

  16. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 17, 2014 9:24 AM

    It’s been pretty obvious to anyone watching he’s been on something. And to a guy worth $1.6B…get a driver!!!

  17. isphet71 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:24 AM

    More money, more problems.

  18. micknangold says: Mar 17, 2014 9:27 AM

    mapedog1 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:18 AM

    The NFL will do with Irsay what it did with the Dolphins and Ray Rice. Not a damn thing.

    ================================

    Ray Rice has been charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor in NJ. I don’t think misdemeanors require league action, but the Ravens will hopefully discipline him at some point.

  19. jbaxt says: Mar 17, 2014 9:27 AM

    That’s a 4 game suspension! Hit em where it hurts…

  20. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 17, 2014 9:28 AM

    Move the team and quit greasing the skids for this team to be relevant. Of course he is drunk, Cow tipping got old and there is nothing to do in that whole state. You allowed them to tank the season for Luck Goodell, it is time to let Indi fail on its own.

  21. whatnojets says: Mar 17, 2014 9:29 AM

    500 hours ofCommunity Service at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute!!

  22. yooperman says: Mar 17, 2014 9:30 AM

    Just go to rehab like Sherman, case closed.

  23. ravens513 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:31 AM

    Apple never falls far from the tree!

  24. kepdogg23 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:33 AM

    Insert unfunny twitter joke here

    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

  25. dexterismyhero says: Mar 17, 2014 9:34 AM

    They should ground his helicopter also!!!

  26. kramtrah says: Mar 17, 2014 9:34 AM

    It surprises me that so many people HATE the guy for just Tweeting too much…half the time he is giving away free money or to charity… I am sure this is Christmas early for Florio, but maybe saying something like “I hope he gets help” would be a bit better than two stories on how we will be punished.

  27. mikelsj says: Mar 17, 2014 9:35 AM

    Take the equivalent % of a player’s fine related to their total salary i.e. 4/16 and reduce that team’s revenue sharing on the same basis. No impact to salary cap or expense structure, so owner has to pony up to keep everything afloat, as a player would.

  28. tmac4454 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:45 AM

    What a POS!!!!!! We would hope that this POS would be disciplined. He is to be role model for players, or some kid that wants to own a major NFL team…

  29. floratiotime says: Mar 17, 2014 9:45 AM

    Luckily he’s not poor or he’d be in a lot of trouble.

  30. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 17, 2014 9:47 AM

    What exactly did the Dolphins do wrong. When they did find out they took action immediately. At the end of the day three or four players and a staff member acted like children, the Dolphins have punished them and one they suspended during the season at a crucial period. Grown men have to man up and take responsibility not everything is on those in charge.

  31. kwickett85 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:49 AM

    Make him forfeit his 1st round pick. Oh wait…

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 17, 2014 9:49 AM

    Give him a choice to surrender his 2nd Round draft pick this year or Trent Richardson.

  33. believeland2014 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:50 AM

    TURN DOWN FOR WHAT!

  34. tuxbirds says: Mar 17, 2014 9:58 AM

    Like father, like son. The legacy lives on.

  35. capthindsight says: Mar 17, 2014 10:00 AM

    He should have to submit to a breathalyzer test every time he starts a car or trades for a running back

  36. jpb12 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:00 AM

    Dear Jim. Next time… Call a cab.
    *Rob Ford

  37. getyourownname says: Mar 17, 2014 10:04 AM

    If it was REALLY an NFL policy “to avoid conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League,” then Danny Snyder would be fined every day.

  38. pftcensor1 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:04 AM

    Redskins / Cowboys violate no documented rules and loose cap space – so I think loosing Cap for a known/documented violation of the rules is not unreasonable.

  39. longdrive2011 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:07 AM

    Is petty jealousy an addiction? It sure seems prevalent on these boards. If Irsay is such an idiot, how do you explain the second best record in the NFL since he took over in 1997?

  40. hawkstradamus says: Mar 17, 2014 10:07 AM

    He should lose his share of the “non profits” for the course of his suspenssion.

  41. klroot says: Mar 17, 2014 10:08 AM

    No good reason to hatet on the man, treat him fair, assist him as he may need.
    Dicpline him, get him help if needed.
    He is more positive than negative

  42. unclebluck says: Mar 17, 2014 10:09 AM

    “It surprises me that so many people HATE the guy for just Tweeting too much…half the time he is giving away free money or to charity”…
    You dopes that think rich people who give money to charity are such great people need to understand that this particular law was set up by the rich to make it LOOK LIKE they are charitable/wonderful people when in all actuality they are just dodging their tax liability…..

  43. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:23 AM

    If this was the Jets, they’d be told to apologize and that’d be it. Same with the 49ers.

    Hey Roger, enough of the double standards!

  44. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 17, 2014 10:24 AM

    Jeebus,

    You people like to jump to conclusions. This could (COULD) be something as insignificant as a simple marijuana bust. Lots of people use marijuana to combat chronic pain.

    How ’bout we wait for the facts before we send this guy to rehab OR the gas chamber?

  45. maddog111 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:26 AM

    tmac4454 says:
    Mar 17, 2014 9:45 AM
    What a POS!!!!!! We would hope that this POS would be disciplined. He is to be role model for players, or some kid that wants to own a major NFL team…
    ———————————————
    Oh those poor kids that want to be major NFL team owners now have no role model.

  46. pftcensor1 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:29 AM

    @longdrive2011

    You asked for an explanation so here it is ….. drumroll ….. Peyton Manning.

  47. phinfan says: Mar 17, 2014 10:40 AM

    I WONDER IF HE WILL TWEET IT.

  48. wisconsinhillfolk says: Mar 17, 2014 10:48 AM

    Who are you people defending this very wealthy guy for such unacceptable behavior?
    Have a little pride.

  49. oldcracker says: Mar 17, 2014 11:30 AM

    If Donte Stallworth got only 30 days for killing a man while drunk & high, what will this BILLIONAIRE get? LoL!

  50. dbfan4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 11:40 AM

    Whatever the punishment is it needs to be steeper than the punishment a player would receive. Owners need to be held to a much higher standard

  51. watchfullhose says: Mar 17, 2014 11:44 AM

    Take away his birthday

  52. libradad53 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:09 PM

    NA and AA are about to have a very, very, very rich member with a very large ego to puncture. Steinbrenner was banned for any controlling actions and not even allowed in the stadium by MLB. That kind of threat needs to be over his head. But first and foremost he clearly needs treatment…And a little humility

  53. bsizemore68 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:55 PM

    Saying it is not fare to other employees is true, however it happens every day, they pay for the bad conduct of other people, it is how things go in the real world. Bill

  54. marcinhouston says: Mar 17, 2014 1:03 PM

    They can also ban him from attending games for awhile and maybe make him delegate his ownership decisions and for example not attend the draft war room.

  55. djshnooks says: Mar 17, 2014 3:50 PM

    He better be .

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