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Goodell on Irsay: We’ll wait for the facts, but he’s subject to discipline

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was noncommittal today when asked about Colts owner Jim Irsay’s potential discipline after his arrest for driving while intoxicated and felony drug possession.

“We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take any steps as it relates to any potential discipline,” Goodell said. “But obviously any policies, or any laws that are broken, whether you’re commissioner, owner, player or coach, those are subject to discipline.”

Goodell said he believes Irsay, who had previously disclosed that he has struggled with an addiction to painkillers, took the right step by going directly from jail to a treatment center. He also said Irsay’s daughters are capable of running the team in his absence.

“He is seeking help and he has done that voluntarily. That’s, I think, the most important step, at least initially,” Goodell said.

A future step will almost certainly include some type of suspension that forces Irsay to take more time away from the Colts. But Goodell isn’t ready to commit to that just yet.

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49 Responses to “Goodell on Irsay: We’ll wait for the facts, but he’s subject to discipline”
  1. chapmanb2014 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:29 PM

    How does a suspension in which he will just have his daughter run the team, impact Irsay? The truth is that the only way to really “punish” Irsay would be to hurt the team by taking away draft picks. I am not sure that penalizing the entire team is fair.

  2. seatt1ej0nes says: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 PM

    As punishment the Colts can spend 2014 as 2nd practice squad for the world champion Seahawks. We’ll use them as practice bodies, and promote a player to the Seahawks when there’s an injury. (Though our practice squad probably has better players than the Colts starters.)

  3. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 PM

    He better serve jail time like a normal person

  4. calhounlambeau says: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 PM

    He should sell the team. Enough already.

  5. nfl4days says: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 PM

    Lol how do you punish your billionaire boss?

  6. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 5:33 PM

    From my perspective, Terrelle Pryor showed flashes of being a capable starter last season. If you watched the chargers game, he showed poise in the pocket in accuracy and destroyed a playoff team.

    If he actually went to a good system and a coaching staff that could develop him – unlike the raiders.

    I believe he could be a starter in the NFL – and he would be a better QB than Colin Kaepernick if he played for the Niners under Harbaughs coaching.

  7. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 24, 2014 5:34 PM

    A lot of people want the Commish to come down extremely hard on Irsay, but my take is recognize he’s good guy with an addiction problem. Slam him with a wake-up call, but consider all the factors — good and bad.

    My big issue with Irsay is not having someone drive him when he’s on a bender. There’s really no excuse for that — when you’re worth over a bil.

  8. kehav1 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:35 PM

    colts have been in a bad place since dungy left…manning hurt, team loses badly, HC fired, terrible playoff TICKET sales!..now the owner has serious additction issues…not good vibes for colts ..hopefully they recover..

  9. trezzyt says: Mar 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    The facts is already there discipline him and move on he needs help so help him get it end of story

  10. ravenswhat says: Mar 24, 2014 5:42 PM

    I don’t see how disciplining a team for what a drug addict did helps anyone here. I.e the guy is sick. He needs help. Taking a draft pick or hurting the players in any way would be unnecessary.

  11. mdd913 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:45 PM

    Huh, that’s funny. He didn’t wait for the facts on Bountygate, he simply proceeded ahead with the assumption that everyone was guilty.

  12. aceakking says: Mar 24, 2014 5:48 PM

    Irsay should also be investigated for tanking the 2011 season.

  13. orivar says: Mar 24, 2014 5:49 PM

    How can you discipline him though? He owns the team. You can’t really suspend him from his own team. If anything he can leave the league.

  14. sdchargerdeserter420 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:51 PM

    The league only waits for details to come out if it’s an owner not a player because an owner isn’t in the publics eye like a player. Don’t expect it to be more than a drop in the checkbook. Don’t think Goodell will remove someone from a job that supplies a product to make him more money for that long of any period of time.

  15. fatsolio says: Mar 24, 2014 5:53 PM

    Ban him from using Twitter for 60 days. That’d probably be the harshest punishment you could give Jimbo.

  16. goodtogo28 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:54 PM

    i’ll say lifetime ban from tweeter would be a good start.

  17. craniator says: Mar 24, 2014 6:02 PM

    We seem to have a very strong dislike for successful people these days , and that’s a bad , bad sign for our future as a society.

  18. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 24, 2014 6:14 PM

    Make him wear a Vikings jersey at all NFL functions…the only problem is the depression will have chugging pills at twice the pace he already does.

  19. bc01red says: Mar 24, 2014 6:20 PM

    Why should he have any kind of special treatment when the rest of us would lose our jobs, be hung out to dry by the local media, and be looked at like losers the rest of our lives. I understand this man has a drug problem but he will be fine. As an owner of an NFL team he should be held and a higher standard and his team should suffer.

  20. craigkintexas says: Mar 24, 2014 6:24 PM

    If he gets into a 12 Step recovery program, the odds are great that he’ll make amends for his actions. Treatment programs are a wonderful way to separate from the alcohol/drugs for 28 days. Then when you get out you’re faced with what you left 28 days ago.

    That’s what the 12 steps are for. I hope he levels his pride and gets help after treatment.

  21. j0esixpack says: Mar 24, 2014 6:26 PM

    Hit him where it will hurt him.

    Take his Twitter account and Press Secretary away from him

  22. IamtheBucsFan says: Mar 24, 2014 6:28 PM

    How about waiting to see if he’s convicted. That’s what you’d be thinking if it was you that was arrested.

  23. commonsensedude says: Mar 24, 2014 6:29 PM

    Actually, Goodell doesn’t punish anybody for driving under the influence. But let an owner or a player wear the wrong color socks or apply too much physical pressure when slapping their colleagues on the back and, have no doubt, the hammer will fall.

  24. tvjules says: Mar 24, 2014 6:32 PM

    He should be randomly drug tested every 3 months for the next 3 years. It would really be for his own good.

  25. jamaltimore says: Mar 24, 2014 6:35 PM

    Seeking help voluntarily? So I assume he was on his way from home to the treatment center when the cops pulled him over for dui and 4 counts of felony drug possession?

  26. singisking says: Mar 24, 2014 7:00 PM

    even the commish is not immune. so if Rog gets busted for DUI, he’ll suspend himself without pay

  27. Bob says: Mar 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    Goodell is waiting to hear what Robert Kraft tells him to do on this.

  28. olcap says: Mar 24, 2014 7:22 PM

    This is far from figuring how to harm Irsay or his team, unless that’s what all the other owners want. Goodell isn’t goin to be imposing some punishment that “he” thought up, ffs.

    This is how they are handling the PR on this, that’s all. Move along.

  29. phinfan says: Mar 24, 2014 7:36 PM

    Well in the meantime you’ll find him at the Hotel Bar… during the NFL owners conference.

  30. ravensbob says: Mar 24, 2014 8:04 PM

    Open window to get the most despicable family in the history of pro sports out!

  31. dartwick says: Mar 24, 2014 8:14 PM

    There are only a few ways to actually punish an owner.

    Humungous fines.
    Take draft picks.

    “Suspension” is a joke.

  32. judsonjr says: Mar 24, 2014 8:19 PM

    The guy needs help, I don’t think a suspension really helps. On the flip side, Goodell threw Johnny Jolly in the penalty box for 3 years for his issues with codeine addiction and possession.

  33. duffelbagsports says: Mar 24, 2014 8:29 PM

    He doesn’t wait for the facts or court judgments when players mess up

  34. alwaters9 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:46 PM

    Go ahead Goodell. That will be the first step toward you losing your job. You work for him, not vice versa.

  35. skolisstupid says: Mar 24, 2014 8:48 PM

    The commisioner should let viking fans discipline him because they are so smart. Then they could take him to the mall of America, then ice fishing! Skol.

  36. keltictim says: Mar 24, 2014 8:50 PM

    Irsay won’t do any time, he will lose his license for a year, fines, he’s already doing the rehab, and possible probation although not likely. That is the exact same punishment anybody would get for those charges on a first time offense. He also may get the possession charges dismissed if that state has a first offenders program. As far as the NFL goes, I think a heavy fine and some community service would be an appropriate sentence. I understand people wanting to take draft picks, but I think that’s a little harsh as far as punishing the team, that’s a punishment better suited to coaches and GMs. I wish some of you guys would keep in mind that the man is in his 50-60s and this is his first transgression with the law. Put your hate aside, and put yourself in his shoes.

  37. kirburnicus says: Mar 24, 2014 9:01 PM

    I love the token NFL statement for everything in terms of criminal legalities. “We are continuing to gather facts.” Like it’s such a long laborious process when it’s pretty cut n dry. Seriously, do they have a “Fact Gathering” department?

  38. rcali says: Mar 24, 2014 9:03 PM

    Irsay’s not so smart anymore, is he. Funny, I spent $60 on cab rides this weekend and I’m pretty sure I don’t own an NFL team. The punishment from the courts and the league should set a real precedent.

  39. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:50 PM

    Since when has Goodell waited for the facts?

    If it was the owner of the Jets or 49ers, they’d just sweep it under the rug by now! The Steelers, and most other teams would be punished. But here? Just an empty statement.

  40. zo121179 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:51 PM

    Twitter Ban.

  41. goodguyattorney says: Mar 24, 2014 10:26 PM

    Really simple here. Ban him from the team’s day to day activities, team facilities and stadium for 8 games. It’s what he loves the most and will get his attention.

  42. horsepedlr says: Mar 24, 2014 11:35 PM

    both goodell and irsay were all over limbaughs bid to be a Part owner for the very same thing. what a pair of liberal do as i say not as i do jerks. irsay will get a slap on the wrist cause he went to REHAB. what a joke.

  43. ahs2 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    He shouldn’t get any punishment, he’s a freakin’ OWNER, not an employee…

  44. borisbulldog says: Mar 25, 2014 12:41 AM

    Goodell will have to dread lightly, his $35mm 2013 salary didn’t come from the fans it came from the owners.

  45. djaehne says: Mar 25, 2014 1:47 AM

    All their compensatory picks this year will be taken away from them. Slap on the wrist.

  46. taosravenfan says: Mar 25, 2014 8:39 AM

    This guy is a longtime abuser. This is not “the first time.” He has lived a life of privilege and has never really had to work for anything. With that comes a sense of entitlement. Any of us facing these charges, at a minimum, would be suspended or fired from our jobs. As a doc, my career would be over or in deep jeopardy. There really is no adequate way to punish a billionaire. You have to hit him where he loves, which means hurting his team. But is that really fair to the team or it’s fans? I have zero love for Indy and zero respect for Irsay, but honestly have no clue what would be really fair. I do know that if it happened to us on this board, our lives would be devastated.

  47. nsx96 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:53 PM

    He did serve normal jail time as anyone else would have. All you mouth breathers that are so good at life and have to criticize someone who was born into money like it was his fault are about as smart as a wet fart. While yes he made a bad decision to drive and could have hurt someone, let’s be glad he didn’t and hope he gets help. To the other terds using the twitter insults, it wasn’t funny the first time let alone the 2,423rd either. How original

  48. eviltwin007 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:35 PM

    horsepedlr says:
    Mar 24, 2014 11:35 PM
    both goodell and irsay were all over limbaughs bid to be a Part owner for the very same thing. what a pair of liberal do as i say not as i do jerks. irsay will get a slap on the wrist cause he went to REHAB. what a joke.
    —————————————————
    Goodell is hardly a liberal. He is married to Jane Skinner, a former Fox News anchor. On the other hand Irsay is a liberal.

  49. eviltwin007 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:40 PM

    They already said here that it is very unlikely that he will see any jail time. Being a first time offender he will get probation, loss of licenses for at least 6 months. He already checked into rehab so he will already meet the requirements of that portion of his punishment. Also he might get community service but that has yet to be heard. He’s got one of the best lawyers in the state. Probably why he is already in rehab, due to the advice of his attorney.

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