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Irsay could face a suspension

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At a time when many believe that the NFL should hold Colts owner Jim Irsay to a higher standard than players, there’s a chance that will indeed happen.

Irsay has been charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of operating a vehicle with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.  The standard penalty for players charged with an offense of that nature is a two-game fine.

Don’t be surprised if Irsay ultimately is suspended.  It’s also possible that he’ll be suspended by the league even before his legal case is resolved; for players charged with similar offenses, discipline isn’t imposed until the litigation ends.

A potential suspension raises key financial questions.  When a player is suspended, he loses his salary.  What does an owner loses financially?

With the league limiting fines to $500,000 but applying no such restriction to wages lost in a suspension, perhaps the only way to impose a fair penalty on an owner is to suspend him, which would absorb the cash they he’d otherwise pocket during the term of his banishment.

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58 Responses to “Irsay could face a suspension”
  1. melikefootball says: May 23, 2014 6:30 PM

    We will now see how God-del and his henchman in the league office shows what they are made of.

  2. 700levelvet says: May 23, 2014 6:35 PM

    Get real… He will get a fine but no way he loses money on the team he OWNS.. Roger works for him or did you forget that?

  3. sandman34rt says: May 23, 2014 6:36 PM

    Could?

  4. Spymaster Belichick says: May 23, 2014 6:36 PM

    Isn’t a suspension of Irsay a boon for the Colts?

  5. thebiblestudent says: May 23, 2014 6:36 PM

    The number one goal here is to make sure Irsay gets clean and stays clean. If that means delaying a punishment so that there’s no potential regression, then so be it.

    The folks who are out for people’s heads are missing the entire point. This man is struggling with demons that most of you have never experienced in your wildest nightmares.

  6. Go-Hawks! says: May 23, 2014 6:41 PM

    “Irsay has been charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of operating a vehicle with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.”

    Are those two different charges??

  7. allidoiswin55 says: May 23, 2014 6:44 PM

    Irsay SHOULD be suspended, there you go I fixed it !

  8. thestrategyexpert says: May 23, 2014 6:50 PM

    What does a suspension really accomplish, what is he going to be suspended from that he can’t have somebody else fill in to do? The only point of a suspension is to get creative with the financial hit. Maybe Irsay would be willing to agree to a specific price amount in lieu of a suspension to make things simple for Goodell, and in exchange he can get a fair deal that might be better than doing it the complicated way that involves a fight and some drama and potential legal headaches.

  9. realnflmaster says: May 23, 2014 6:58 PM

    COULD??????????

  10. realnflmaster says: May 23, 2014 6:58 PM

    Toss him out with the trash!

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: May 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    Give him the Ray Lewis treatment….no suspension, a tine, and a HOF career. No one died , was injured by his actions except him, and he went into rehab. Fine him big bucks, make him duct tape his mouth for a year…no interviews, and make read every it’s by Raven fans as punishment.

  12. allidoiswin55 says: May 23, 2014 7:00 PM

    Irsay SHOULD face a suspension,.there I fixed it !

  13. fearmycheese says: May 23, 2014 7:00 PM

    Take a first round draft pick and give it to the people’s team. Go pack go!

  14. davidm1886 says: May 23, 2014 7:00 PM

    In the real world employees don’t get to publicly state that one of their bosses needs to get punished

  15. stonefish67 says: May 23, 2014 7:02 PM

    He needs motivation, perhaps.
    A monetary fine is nothing.
    Zap him a couple of draft picks and that should give him motivation

  16. jbutina says: May 23, 2014 7:05 PM

    what would an owner suspension even mean . . . at the most is would prevent him from meddling over his GM . . . definitely not the same as suspending a player . . . how about since he OWNS the team they give his team a 4 game suspension??

  17. tombstone7 says: May 23, 2014 7:07 PM

    How about “SHOULD?”

  18. ufanforreal says: May 23, 2014 7:14 PM

    For all those who think Irsay is getting special treatment on the length it is taking for his punishment from Goodell you’re wrong

    Aldon Smith has pleaded no contest on 6 charges 3 DUI’s and 3 charges of possessing a illegal assault weapon. Still pending is Smith’s LAX incident.

    No punishment from Roger yet.

    Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to domestic violence.

    No punishment from Roger yet.

    Fred Davis arrested for DUI.

    No punishment from Roger yet.

    Roddy White arrested for Failure to Appear.

    No punishment from Roger yet.

    Davone Bess arrested for accused of assaulting a law officer and disorderly conduct after bizzare behavior at airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    No punishment from Roger yet.

  19. justintuckrule says: May 23, 2014 7:15 PM

    It has to be a penalty that a billionaire drug addict will feel. Take his cap space and drug test the hell out of him. That will wake his defiant, public menacing rear end up.

  20. greenwhodat26 says: May 23, 2014 7:42 PM

    He better. Mickey Loomis got 8 games for violating league rules on players’ safety. Jim Irsay put fans/civilians in immediate danger. He should suspended for a year, and no less.

  21. greenwhodat26 says: May 23, 2014 7:48 PM

    Saints fans are the ones that were really punished. Not the owner. Not the GM. Not the coaches. Not the players. THE FANS. Colts fans, sorry to say it, but you deserve way worse from what we got. Your owner is a derelict. A problem. You can get angry all that you want, but it is absolutely true.

  22. icebowler says: May 23, 2014 8:04 PM

    His case and name will be used by every defense attorney in Indiana in similar cases for the next five years. I’m sure all of the prosecutors and judges, outside of Hamilton county, are not thrilled by this decision.

  23. deinoslogos says: May 23, 2014 8:11 PM

    Take away his Twitter account and his Playstation.

  24. scrimshawturtle says: May 23, 2014 8:16 PM

    The way Irsay craves attention, banishing him from using Twitter would be a greater punishment to him than a monetary fine.

  25. touchdownroddywhite says: May 23, 2014 8:18 PM

    One could argue he already forfeited a first round pick based on the Richardson trade…

  26. dedmedic says: May 23, 2014 8:23 PM

    Roger could always take away his album collection, and close his twitter account, BAM..I fixed it.

  27. horsepedlr says: May 23, 2014 8:40 PM

    monetary loss means nothing to this guy. suspension! suspension from what? he still gets the money. he still gets to go to owners meetings. nothing will happen to this jerk from the nfl. the bought off prosacutors were the only ones that could have wrecked him. rehab lol that was a joke.

  28. qdog112 says: May 23, 2014 9:02 PM

    thebiblestudent says:
    May 23, 2014 6:36 PM
    The number one goal here is to make sure Irsay gets clean and stays clean. If that means delaying a punishment so that there’s no potential regression, then so be it.

    The folks who are out for people’s heads are missing the entire point. This man is struggling with demons that most of you have never experienced in your wildest nightmares.
    *************
    Isn’t that special? I don’t believe I ever hear people defending players by saying they need treatment, talking about all their demons and such.

    Instead, it’s lock’em up and throw away the key. If anyone should know better, shouldn’t it be members of his fraternity? It’s kinda like when a cop breaks the law. I think he should get hit hardest. If he needs treatment, he should get it, but it’s more likely he will use the rehab scam to lessen public scrutiny, like most wealthy do.

    Then it’s back to life as usual.

  29. jasonnored says: May 23, 2014 9:56 PM

    He’s a billionaire, a fine will not hurt him at all. If they want to punish him they need to take draft picks away. If the NFL can expect players from all walks of life to obey the law, you can for damn sure demand more from the elitist owners.

  30. noladat says: May 23, 2014 10:17 PM

    “He better. Mickey Loomis got 8 games for violating league rules on players’ safety. Jim Irsay put fans/civilians in immediate danger. He should suspended for a year, and no less.”

    Amen brother and the team was fined 500 large ie the owner and the team was fined two picks! The Saints did not hurt anyone just like Irsay. He should be held to a much higher standard than a player for his actions.

    He should get a real fine and a real suspension. He should not be able to buy his way off like he did with the law.

  31. campcouch says: May 23, 2014 10:18 PM

    A suspension won’t matter. He could be banned from the football side,but his daughter will run operations. Eventually she’ll go home and get his input. Fine him what? It wasn’t a football related action so even if they try it as a punishment all they can levy is a $500,000 fine. Draft picks? Sounds fair,but would the NFL cripple one of their money makers? Face it,the NFL should do away with dealing with players and owners personal issues that don’t affect the prosperity of the league,involve cheating or constitute a felony. No one stops watching football when these guys do something stupid. Rae Carruth had his pregnant girlfriend bumped off,didn’t stop Panther fans from showing up,same with New England Pittsburgh,San Fran,so on and so forth. Tell the dude to pay his fines,whatever charitable work he wants to contribute to and get some help.

  32. jimthebuilder27 says: May 23, 2014 10:36 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  33. longdrive2011 says: May 23, 2014 11:37 PM

    thebiblestudent wrote:
    The number one goal here is to make sure Irsay gets clean and stays clean. If that means delaying a punishment so that there’s no potential regression, then so be it.

    The folks who are out for people’s heads are missing the entire point. This man is struggling with demons that most of you have never experienced in your wildest nightmares.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It’s no use. They only care about indulging their petty jealousy.

  34. armycolts25 says: May 24, 2014 12:04 AM

    What the heck is the real reason fans keep coming up with such BS punishment ? The Colts are winners, they have an owner who cares ? There are players that have killed people still playing the game or have retired. Does he deserve some punishment..yes but all this other stuff should stop. Irsay has an issue but he loves his team, his players and his family. He did not cheat in the game, no head hunter coaches or owners, no video taping. Players who fail drug test violate the CBA and its easy to enforce. No team or ownership is perfect, why keep casting stones.

  35. ravens2xworldchamps says: May 24, 2014 12:15 AM

    Worst owner in the nfl

  36. deinoslogos says: May 24, 2014 12:19 AM

    Seriously no monitory punishment can affect this guy. Make him have to start at left tackle vs. The Texans and go up against Clowney and Watt for a full game.

  37. rmavs says: May 24, 2014 1:23 AM

    If you’re rich then roll on. That is what the American judicial system thrives on. It’s all about money…Can you pay a hefty fee? Sweet, you’re good to go. But, the poor, oh, they will suffer the ultimate.
    We can’t get high and run somebody over and keep our job. We can’t have one too many drinks three times and be given a few hours community service. Oh, how skewed the system is…and shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why?

  38. wyrdawg says: May 24, 2014 1:45 AM

    Someone really needs to take a second look at this. I’m pretty sure if I got pulled over at 2am with a big bag of pills and $20K in cash.. I’d be in federal prison by now reading about the arresting officers getting promotions for taking “tons” of drugs off of the streets.

    Dude needs to be forced to sell the team.

  39. finster1989 says: May 24, 2014 1:57 AM

    At least Goodell can now officially look the other way…

  40. sarcasm says: May 24, 2014 2:04 AM

    Why bother?

    The 500k fine is nothing to him.

    A suspension won’t do anything but keep from watching a game live. He’ll still be “clued in” just like was in rehab.

    Whatever token punishment Roger gives out will be as big of a farce as the Indiana legal system is by brushing his felony drug charges away.

  41. olcap says: May 24, 2014 6:07 AM

    Sterling hurt people with WORDS.

    Irsay put many people in danger of their lives being snuffed out by his drunken and pill-stuffed body operating a motor vehicle.

    Sterling is being forced to sell his team.

    What Irsay did is worse.

  42. uglydingo says: May 24, 2014 7:01 AM

    The loss of a 1st round draft pick would hurt the team but the aggregation of all Colts fans anger for losing it, would send a strong message to the owner.
    I understand that the maximum fine that the NFL can charge is $500K. To a billionaire like Irsay, this is a drop in the bucket. He would hardly notice $50M. However, the anger of his entire fan base for depriving the team of a 1st round pick, that would send a message.

  43. sidepull says: May 24, 2014 7:06 AM

    Take draft picks. That hurts. Money doesnt and suspension is a laugher, really?

  44. jerrydesaulniers says: May 24, 2014 8:08 AM

    Draft picks are the only way to hurt him and he should undergo weekly drug testing for a year. If he fails a test then take another draft pick away, this will force him to sell the team before the value plummets.

  45. greenmo says: May 24, 2014 8:56 AM

    It is NOT a higher standard to ask that Mr. Irsay be treated the same way any player or employee of the NFL has been treated.

    Do a search on Mr. Irsay and addiction and/or Mr. Irsay and legal trouble. There is a history here that is being ignored by the league and by the writers of this site.

    If a player had Mr. Irsay’s past and then was arrested under these circumstances, there is no doubt that immediate action would have been taken by Roger Goodell. This is not hyperbole, this is fact, with clear cut precedent.

    How can you ignore this?

  46. pittsteelers101 says: May 24, 2014 9:02 AM

    What about Will Hill from the giants facing suspension? He failed 3 drug test!

  47. lolo376 says: May 24, 2014 9:35 AM

    Just give him a huge fine, what good does suspending someone who does absolutely NOTHING on the field?

  48. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 24, 2014 10:16 AM

    Best punishment:Declare Andrew Luck a free agent.

  49. purplengold says: May 24, 2014 10:45 AM

    The Master should endure the same toils and discomforts as his serfs? You wretched fools, get back to your hovels before he hears of this!

  50. rolltide510 says: May 24, 2014 10:58 AM

    Putting aside the fact so many people want to see Irsay get the book thrown at him because he’s rich, how stupid is it to compare a 20 year old player caught smoking weed with an owner with an actual drug problem?

    If he were a player, his only punishment for his first offense would be entry into the diversion program. Remember Marshawn Lynch’s punishment for DUI? Oh wait, there wasn’t one for the same reason.

  51. jjrs89 says: May 24, 2014 11:05 AM

    that will teach him?

  52. indicolts2013 says: May 24, 2014 11:07 AM

    I’m a colts fan what’s fair is fair nd he should b treated just like anyone else in the league player or owner his suspension is not gonna hurt his wallet believe me lol

  53. pobreezy says: May 24, 2014 11:10 AM

    I think the league discipline is merely a microcosm of the bigger problem shown here. He was arrested (at least in initial reports) with numerous schedule 1 controlled substances. Suddenly his million dollar lawyers drop the charges to dui. An average person would be in jail for a long time and people would simply call them a common idiot criminal.
    Sure he needs help but so does the rest of the population struggling with these issues.
    I find it very hard to have sympathy for a billionaire who is constantly above the law and actually pushes for higher standards and stricter punishments for people below him for similar issues.
    this is a disgusting example of human excess allowed by affluence.

  54. 1jwbucs says: May 24, 2014 12:00 PM

    I think Jim Irsay and Donald Sterling are both disgraceful human beings and should step out of the lime light of Professional Sports Franchise ownership!

  55. cueghost says: May 24, 2014 12:15 PM

    Wait… What? There is a CHANCE that he COULD be suspended?? I’d say for an owner, a one year suspension and 5 million dollar fine sounds about right.

  56. cueghost says: May 24, 2014 12:20 PM

    FORCE TEAM SALE! FORCE TEAM SALE! FORCE TEAM SALE!

  57. borisbulldog says: May 24, 2014 12:25 PM

    At the least, the NFL should make beaver-face stop tweeting during his suspension.

  58. simonator917 says: May 24, 2014 5:11 PM

    There is NO way this should cost the Colts draft picks. That would punish the players and the fans. He should be suspended for at least a year which would consist of. NO contact with Colts whatsoever! No watching games from his owner’s suite, no interaction with the players, and being prohibited from attending ANY NFL-related functions. He’s a public menace and should be treated as an outcast.

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