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NFL surely dreads prospect of Irsay testifying

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The news that Colts owner Jim Irsay has been ordered to testify in a child-custody proceeding didn’t register on a national-radar screen currently consisting of only one large blip:  LeBron James.  The development involving Irsay, however, undoubtedly resulted in a stream of four-letter words at the league office.

Rich and/or powerful guys don’t like to submit to the authority of a court of law.  In part, they don’t like to do it because they don’t like to submit to any authority.  They also don’t like to do it because, even when submitting to authority, they often can’t or won’t truly submit to authority, resisting that authority with every response to every question.

From the fictional realm, think Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.  From a more timely, real-word perspective, think Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

It usually doesn’t go well when a rich, powerful guy with a history of surrounding himself by sycophants has to answer questions that he doesn’t want to answer and that he believes he shouldn’t have to answer.  Men in that position all too often lack the self-awareness to know when they are saying something really, really stupid or really, really unbelievable or really, really harmful to their broader image and/or the interests of the league they represent.

Forced, sworn testimony would potentially not go well for any owner in any major-league sport.  For Irsay particularly, a Pandora’s box of possibly bad outcomes for him personally and the league generally looms.  The challenge for the league office will be to ensure that Irsay receives appropriate and thorough preparation on how to handle the compulsory Q&A.

So enjoy the LeBron situation while you can.  Eventually, the biggest news in the NFL — and potentially in all of sports — could be the things Jim Irsay says on a witness stand and/or the manner in which he says them.

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15 Responses to “NFL surely dreads prospect of Irsay testifying”
  1. singisking says: Jul 10, 2014 12:02 PM

    Going by his Twitter track-record, I’m not too worried about him saying something he’ll regret later..

  2. bucrightoff says: Jul 10, 2014 12:04 PM

    If he speaks like he tweets it’s gonna be must see TV and then some.

  3. scrp2 says: Jul 10, 2014 12:07 PM

    Whatever happens, it won’t stop Andrew Luck from putting a hurtin’ on the Patriots in the Playoffs.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    If they scouted the prospect then they have nothing to fear, but incompetence itself.

  5. Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa says: Jul 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    What ever happened to the Irsay pic of him holding (caressing?) the Lombardi trophy in a creepy molesty way? It seemed mor eIrsay appropriate than the normal Irsay pics

  6. qdog112 says: Jul 10, 2014 12:17 PM

    How can you say that the rich and powerful don’t like authority? They’re always clamoring for more regulations and rules to curtail their grip on most of the money, oh wait … never mind.

    The good news is that they will always have poor people who think they earned everything they got, even if they inherited it. They call them job creators. I call them the money grabbers.

    Amazing the support Irsay gets vs. Gordon.

  7. floratiotime says: Jul 10, 2014 12:27 PM

    With liberty and justice for the rich …

  8. puntonfirstdown says: Jul 10, 2014 12:31 PM

    This will be great for Pro Football Talk.

  9. uglydingo says: Jul 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    A billionaire NFL owner should not be forced to testify as a witness. Surely that is against the constitution and Roger knows someone to stop this nonsense.
    If they really want Jim’s input, they can request a tweet.

  10. weepingjebus says: Jul 10, 2014 1:42 PM

    Luck has faced the Patriots twice. The first time, he lost 59-24. The second time, he lost 43-22. Yes, what a thrilling rivalry.

  11. sdsupersean says: Jul 10, 2014 4:21 PM

    They’re not even his kids. Can’t he just, y’know, agree not to be around them and avoid court entirely?

  12. borisbulldog says: Jul 10, 2014 8:45 PM

    Had Jimmy not won the “Lucky Bob Irsay Sperm Lottery”, he’d be working at a job that matches his skill set, like Circuit City!

  13. Punk says: Jul 10, 2014 10:02 PM

    I presume this is not the woman he kept in a house who OD’d a month before his arrest? So this is ANOTHER substance abusing woman he keeps in a house?

    How many women does this man keep?!

  14. fcrwo01 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:14 AM

    Considering that he has pending charges for exactly what he’s being asked to testify about, cant he plead the 5th?

  15. sarcasm says: Jul 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    This joke deserves every negative thing that comes his way.

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