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Indy columnist calls for Colts to embrace Brazill as they embraced Irsay

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Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star landed the first interview that Colts owner Jim Irsay gave after his arrest and visit to rehab earlier this year a short time after Kravitz described Irsay as a “sick, sick man” who needed help.

Kravitz’s take was one of many cited as showing Irsay more sympathy in light of his drug use than is usually shown to NFL players who have failed tests or gotten arrested, something that came up again last week when the NFL suspended Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill for a year because of substance abuse violations. Kravitz had a different reaction on Twitter than he did when Irsay got in trouble.

“Either Brazill has an addiction problem or he’s really, really REALLY dumb,” Kravitz tweeted. “Don’t know which, to be honest.”

That doesn’t mean that Kravitz thinks the Colts should treat Brazill any differently or that he’s not aware of the potential for hypocrisy for him or the organization.

Kravitz has apparently decided on the question raised in his Twitter post, writing in the Star that “a person who continually tests positive while throwing away their career has a problem that goes behind being an irresponsible knucklehead” and that Brazill should be extended the same support that the Colts have given Irsay and linebacker Robert Mathis this offseason.

Whether you like it or not, the standards are different for owners and players when it comes to drugs and most other things in the NFL. That’s not going to change whether the Colts offer Brazill a helping hand or kick him out the door at their earliest convenience, but it’ll be a lot harder to find much to like about the way the team has handled the dual situations this offseason if they opt for door No. 2.

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37 Responses to “Indy columnist calls for Colts to embrace Brazill as they embraced Irsay”
  1. mykpfsu says: Jul 7, 2014 8:14 AM

    “a person who continually tests positive while throwing away their career has a problem that goes behind being an irresponsible knucklehead”

    Not really. Has he failed every test in a row? No? Then there is not an addiction problem in play.
    Also no he is not being treated unfairly. Irsay was busted in a law enforcement issue. The League MUST wait for the outcome before doing anything. Look at Ray Rice where there was even video evidence. Brazill failed a league drug test, therefore they did not need to wait.

  2. 1952vikefan says: Jul 7, 2014 8:20 AM

    anyone who has ever smoked pot knows it’s ludicrous to to penalize someone for smoking pot alcohol and painkillers will peel your life like an onion so that’s BS

  3. jersey73 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:20 AM

    If the Colts wish to pay for his rehab, fine. But keeping him on a roster spot (which are worth gold) is a no-no. He is way down the depth chart. He isn’t a star and not worth using one of those spots.

  4. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jul 7, 2014 8:27 AM

    Or lower level employees should not be treated exactly the same as the guy who, you know, owns the company…

  5. mikea311 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:31 AM

    here is the difference, Irsay isn’t throwing away an opportunity. He was rich before and will be rich after.

  6. Punk says: Jul 7, 2014 8:43 AM

    You can have a serious problem and still be an irresponsible knucklehead.

    This Colts fan has no sympathy for any of the three.

  7. ctiggs says: Jul 7, 2014 8:48 AM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  8. colv says: Jul 7, 2014 8:54 AM

    Irsay is a bum. His father was addicted and he knew what the family line was and put other peoples lives at risk when he drove. Rich enough to have a driver. Over 20k and no driver, he was on his way to buy drugs. Suspend him in defiantly is the only action the commish, emperor, should hand down. Double standards are the NFL way.

  9. george1859 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:59 AM

    Ummm. ….
    Nobody embraces Ersay, we have no choice but to deal with Ersay.
    #silver”spoon”

  10. dickshotdogs says: Jul 7, 2014 9:07 AM

    Whatev.

  11. gostlcards5 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:12 AM

    When you compare it to the Irsay situation, I agree, but when you compare it to Mathis’s situation, I’m not sure I do.

    I personally thought Mathis’s suspension should have been lowered, because of the personal situation with his wife and the fertility drugs that were used. With everything else that was probably going on with his family, I would imagine him being relieved to hear the fertility doctor say it wouldn’t cause a problem for him with the NFL drug policy, and he probably put it in the back of his mind. Either way, in the extremely detailed explanation that he wrote, he (unlike most players) accepted full responsibility for the situation as well, stating specifically that he took the fertility doctor’s word without consulting the team doctors.

    Basically, I’m saying you can compare the knuckleheadedness of Irsay and Brazill all you want. I still think Mathis is a stand-up guy.

  12. officialgame says: Jul 7, 2014 9:13 AM

    Most if not all addiction problems are associated with mental health issues. The AMA considers addiction an illness and that’s why the NFL has programs in place to combat it. These people aren’t t low life’s they are people with a real problem.

  13. zmanhere says: Jul 7, 2014 9:14 AM

    Kravitz is a moron. Enough said.

  14. richc111 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:14 AM

    Really I didn’t Embrace Ersay so does that mean I don’t have to embrace Brazill

  15. longdrive2011 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:15 AM

    Colv says “irsay is a bum” —–bums don’t have the second best winning percentage as an NFL owner. He has issues but he is hardly a bum. A big number of you would have wasted that silver spoon; Irsay has not, and as a result many have benefited from his success

  16. surfinbird1 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:17 AM

    Yeah Kravitz two wrongs always make a right. Who taught you that?

  17. xinellum says: Jul 7, 2014 9:19 AM

    Law of the jungle in the NFL. The rich and the talented survive the rest is cannon fodder. Irsay has millions of reasons (dollars) for people to forgive (be bought off by) him. FO down the list, Aldon Smith, Von Miller, Ray Rice, etc… are talented and forgiven. Until Josh Gordon was recently arrested we were talking about him playing this year after his appeal even after he had failed tests all along (just like in college.) The NFL is a good ole’ boys club, always has been, always will be. Those they want to play and own will play and own and have a permanent get out of jail free card.

  18. truthfactory says: Jul 7, 2014 9:22 AM

    Why is it not possible to just be a “knucklehead” and throw away your career?

    I have seem people throw away their entire college education (that they PAID for) simply because they loved to party and sleep in instead of go to class. They were in fact “knuckleheads” who’s priorities were messed up. The real world teaches them there are consequences to being a “knucklehead” and they got kicked out of college and now do not have great lives.

    You see, just because there are people who do have serious and disturbing addictions out there does not mean all the other “knuckleheads” do not exist and they are simply mis-understood victims of their own twisted priorities.

    Under this logic, it is always better to study and get straight A’s and go to class because it is known that your earning potential is millions more over someones lifetime. So anyone who doesnt work and study hard are just victims, because there is no way someone with a clear mind would consciously choose not to study because the consequences are too great. Unfortunately we know that many people choose the funner and easier route and that is their own prerogative. Liberals like Kravitz and PFT writers are now beginning to declare that they should not endure the consequences for those choices. They should be coddled and embraced and we should play a sad song for them.

    This is terrible logic. There are black and white rules that he broke that give him a year suspension and he broke them. The problem is not the rules.

    The FACT is, Irsay is not under those same rules. And if he was and he gets a DUI again after knowing that one more strike gets him thrown out of the league, then if he got 1 more strike then he should get thrown out of the league. Why the quest to change the rules on either of these guys after the fact?? I dont get it.

  19. ar1888 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:24 AM

    Brazill 3rd offense. Irsay 1st offense.

  20. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 7, 2014 9:28 AM

    This is why the Steeler Nation is the greatest nation. The Rooneys are the model for America.

  21. floratiotime says: Jul 7, 2014 9:34 AM

    Silly rabbit. Brazill isn’t rich.

  22. toolman94 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:40 AM

    Indianapolis does not care what Robert Kravitz thinks or writes.

  23. obsession55 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:41 AM

    First of all, Irsay was driving 10-15 mph in his rich little quiet neighborhood, he wasnt putting anyone’s life in danger! What he did was wrong but dont make him out to be malicious or reckless. He will be fined and/or suspended, and has legal issues to deal with as well. He’s not going unpunished

    Second, Brazill knows the league rules and chose to smoke weed, after getting busted once and vowing to get his s*** together. He’s just a knucklehead who can hang out with Josh Gordon now and get high all day long and play Madden. That’s the only way they’ll get to see themselves on a football field!

  24. isitheshoes says: Jul 7, 2014 9:44 AM

    How about this… both Brazill AND Irsay are two idiots with way more money than than I’ll ever see in my lifetime, who have chosen to potentially piss it all away over drugs. I could care less for either of them.

  25. titansbro says: Jul 7, 2014 9:45 AM

    Irsay is lucky sperm, nothing more. And a drug addiction to boot. Andrew Luck should demand a trade. I’d have a hard time playing for that guy.

  26. waraggie says: Jul 7, 2014 10:05 AM

    Can you treat them as the same addiction? One was addicted to a prescription pain killer after using the drug to combat severe back pain while the other is addicted to a recreational drug.

  27. justintuckrule says: Jul 7, 2014 10:22 AM

    Owner slurpers are such dopes. There is an NFL bylaw that irsay must follow just as there is one brazill must follow. Murder is murder no matter if you’re rich. They should be treated the same. Brazill goes for a year for non-damaging pot….. Irsay should get at LEAST a year for driving drugged up putting lives at risk. Rules are rules and irsay doesn’t get a pass just because he’s an owner.

  28. puckthefatriots says: Jul 7, 2014 11:50 AM

    Brazill has done nothing for the city of Indiananpolis. Irsay has and will continue to get support.

  29. posmoo says: Jul 7, 2014 1:05 PM

    “Indy columnist calls for Colts to embrace Brazill as they embraced Irsay”

    Irsay is the Colts. And the Colts aren’t suspending Brazill. So much wrong with this headline.

  30. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jul 7, 2014 1:16 PM

    There are legal/law enforcement issues in one case and there are organizational/association issues in the other. Both have a historical pattern of negative behavior. There are ownership rules and there are worker rules. The owner won’t get fired in the end, but the player ultimately will. He who has the gold makes the rules.

  31. tootitan says: Jul 7, 2014 1:40 PM

    “a person who continually tests positive while throwing away their career has a problem that goes behind being an irresponsible knucklehead”

    Either a ‘knucklehead’ or seriously in need of help and compassion and perhaps intervention. But the key phrase here is: “While throwing away their career”. It points out the fundamental reason why Irsay’s (or any owner’s) punishment will never be comparable to that of any player, even if the offense(s) are the same.

    A player who loses a year out of his career, or who is suspended multiple times stands a good chance of losing their career – for sure.

    But until there is a comparable mechanism in place that can remove a team owner’s actual ownership and sever him from the game with finality, no team owner will have to worry about “throwing away their career”, regardless of how many incidents of egregious behavior or ‘conduct unbecoming to the league’ he is responsible for.

    Do you seriously believe that if an NFL owner was arrested today, and jailed under investigation for multiple murders, that he would have his ownership (his career) irrevocably stripped from him by his team and/or the NFL within months of being jailed?

    Anyone who expects equality (between players and owners) on this issue is operating under a delusion!

  32. micknangold says: Jul 7, 2014 2:07 PM

    The problem the Colts have is this: Brazill is a marginally talented player.

    There’s scores of Brazills either in the NFL or trying to make it in in the NFL. At best he was the seventh option in the passing game, including backs and tight ends. On top of that, Da’Rick Rogers looked good in limited time last year and they drafted Donte Moncrief in the 3rd round. He might’ve had trouble making the roster as a special teamer, though I’ll cop to not knowing what ST contributions he makes, if any.

    So now what? Do they need to keep a marginal player who is probably 6th on the WR depth chart–and will be a year removed from football in 2015– so as not to be seen as hypocrites? It’s not like they can send the guy to rehab for pot either. They can’t win either way.

    I will say this though – I can’t reconcile how Goodell can be so whole-heartedly in support of the NBA’s decision to ban Sterling for life (over a leaked audiotape, no crimes committed) with his lack of a decision on Irsay’s status. Adam Silver might have just shot Irsay execution style.

  33. mortwannabe says: Jul 7, 2014 2:19 PM

    Indy resident here. Bob Kravitz is a hack columnists who could never cut it for a major paper. Still thinks Indiana Univ. basketball is top tier program. NFL observations even more delusional.

  34. damcmp says: Jul 7, 2014 2:40 PM

    No matter what you folks want to call Irsay..he is an Owner!!! his money is at risk and pays Goodell’s salary LARGE salary.. Brazill is a fringe player…enough said!!! and what Florio, Alper and Smith say doesn’t mean a hill of beans…just a failed lawyer and bloggers opinion!!! no better than yours and mine!

  35. orivar says: Jul 7, 2014 3:14 PM

    You can be addicted to pot you know. People act like you can’t but you can be addicted to food too, also sex, pretty much anything. Once your recreational habit becomes obsessive to the point of liability you have an addiction. There doesn’t have to be “addictive chemicals” for that to happen.

  36. micknangold says: Jul 7, 2014 8:38 PM

    Mental addiction is real. It’s just not nearly as bad as a crippling physical addiction that can lead to overdose or death. You can’t OD on pot…I’ve tried.

    Sorry, a little dark humor. It’s just a plant, yo!

  37. simonator917 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:26 PM

    . . . I personally thought Mathis’s suspension should have been lowered, because of the personal situation with his wife and the fertility drugs that were used. With everything else that was probably going on with his family, I would imagine him being relieved to hear the fertility doctor say it wouldn’t cause a problem for him with the NFL drug policy, and he probably put it in the back of his mind . . .
    ==========
    You honestly believed that? He was caught using a FEMALE fertility drug! Was he trying to get pregnant? If he truly trying to get pregnant then there shouldn’t be any punishment at all.

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