Plenty of NFL owners will be asked about the Jim Irsay situation when they gather in Orlando for the annual league meetings next week.
One got a head start on the process by talking to a guy on the street with a camera, from TMZ.
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he believes Commissioner Roger Goodell will take action in this situation.
“I feel he’s gonna do something, and I think he’s gonna make a statement,” Tisch told the unidentified reporter who tried to interrupt the surprisingly talkative Tisch several times during the 90-second-or-so session. “Again, you know, Jim’s got some felony charges against him.” (Four, to be exact.)
Tisch made it clear that he’s merely commenting on the league’s rules and precedents, not attacking or judging Irsay.
“Jim’s a great guy, and I think a lot of people are wishing him all the best,” Tisch said. “Certainly me included. And I think he’s getting the help that he needs, and it’s gonna make his life a lot better.”
To the extent a double standard is suspected regarding players and owners, Tisch doesn’t seem to believe two sets of rules will apply.
“An owner is just as vulnerable to disciplinary actions as a player,” Tisch said. “By putting ownership as well as coaches and players in the bylaws, it’s gotta be applied equally.”
It’s still unclear how to apply the rules equally between players and owners, especially when the owner has a net worth of $1.6 billion.
For a first-offense DUI, players routinely lose two game checks. Under that standard, maybe Irsay should lose two weeks of his own paycheck from the league, via the team’s share of TV and other revenue that gets carved up and divided among the 32 franchises.