Colts owner Jim Irsay has received a two-month reprieve in a court of law. That may not matter much in the Court of Goodell.
Per the Associated Press, a judge has postponed from August 28 until October 30 Irsay’s trial on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.
For a player with a first offense, the NFL typically would defer the imposition of discipline until after the criminal case is resolved. With the NFL hoping to show that owners are held to a higher standard, Commissioner Roger Goodell possibly will impose a suspension or other discipline on Irsay before the start of the 2014 regular season. Adam Schefter of ESPN previously reported that league insiders believe a six-to-eight-game suspension will be imposed.
And while that indeed would amount to a higher standard for owners, the NFL has declined to address whether Irsay will be placed in the same substance-abuse testing program that applies to plays. If/when that ever happens, Irsay would be subjected to the same protocol of up to 10 urine tests per month, and eventually a one-year suspension, if violations would continue.