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Irsay trial postponed to October 30

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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.

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54 Responses to “Irsay trial postponed to October 30”
  1. primenumber19 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:41 PM

    Nfl stands for hypocrisy, and goodell stands for crony

  2. dalcow4 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:42 PM

    Why wasn’t Belicheat suspended? Why wasn’t Robert Kraft suspended?

  3. tvjules says: Aug 21, 2014 2:42 PM

    Trick or Treat….

  4. edstones says: Aug 21, 2014 2:44 PM

    Should be right around the same time as Josh Gordon’s suspension verdict.

  5. smartanis says: Aug 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    How do you suspend an owner? Would he not be allowed to visit his own stadium or talk to any team employees? Just fine the ever-loving Jesus out of him (seven figures) and call it a day.

  6. joecancun says: Aug 21, 2014 2:46 PM

    Perfect. Dude is a clown.

  7. patsbrat says: Aug 21, 2014 2:46 PM

    What is the net impact of suspending an owner for 6-8 games? He can’t sit in his owners box? Certainly would not have significant impact on team performance, which means Irsay still makes his money.

    He probably needs help more than punishment. Whatever the punishment ends up being it should include a requirement for getting help

  8. coltstrong says: Aug 21, 2014 2:47 PM

    Suspend him from attending all home games for the 2014 season and block his Twitter account.

    Please.

  9. andrewluck12 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:47 PM

    I bet this grinds your gears

  10. guachosporlife says: Aug 21, 2014 2:48 PM

    Why don’t they just give him the slap on the wrist already and stop wasting time. What can they possibly do to a billionaire?

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    Subtract the Good and you have a Court’ell Steward.

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    So say the long shot happens and he gets a one year banishment a-la Josh Gordon. It’s a simple fix really. His daughter runs the team, and comes over for dinner a couple nights a week. Daddy/daughter dinner can’t be controlled or patrolled. He’d just be making the calls from the shadows.

  13. aceakking says: Aug 21, 2014 2:56 PM

    Jim Irsay will prove that rich white men can get away with almost anything. Just look at Bill Leavy.

  14. ufanforreal says: Aug 21, 2014 2:58 PM

    smartanis says: Aug 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    How do you suspend an owner? Would he not be allowed to visit his own stadium or talk to any team employees? Just fine the ever-loving Jesus out of him (seven figures) and call it a day.
    ——————————————————
    “his own stadium” He doesn’t own the stadium.

  15. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 21, 2014 2:59 PM

    He is going to show up the hearing dressed as the Hamburglar with blood shot eyes, mumbling about Jim Mora……

  16. kneelbeforesod says: Aug 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    The cynicism however, was implemented immediately.

  17. justintuckrule says: Aug 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    Appropriate to put his trial on mischief night. That’s exactly what he was up to driving around high with bags of pills and cash – – mischief.

  18. whatnojets says: Aug 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    He needs that long to sober up???

  19. aceakking says: Aug 21, 2014 3:04 PM

    Hi, Jim Irsay. You got away with tanking the 2011 season, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting away with drug charges. Good luck to you.

  20. 12brichandfamous says: Aug 21, 2014 3:04 PM

    Precedent for team leadership misconduct was set by the Pats…..fine and a draft pick

    OWNERS and Coaches are not a party to the CBA and their punishment differs.

  21. pem34 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:05 PM

    When this first happened, I could never understand why, right after the draft, Isray did not suspend himself for 6 months and go the Caribbean for an extended vacation – like it would matter, nothing has really happened since the draft and he’s a billionaire, so I am sure he (or some assistant) could arrange something like that pretty easily.

  22. Brown Anchor says: Aug 21, 2014 3:05 PM

    Well that’s pretty lame. Also, when is the ruling for the Josh Gordon appeal gonna come out? It’s been over 2 weeks since he appealed!!!

  23. nfloracle says: Aug 21, 2014 3:08 PM

    Sean Payton was suspended for a year. Owners should get penalized at least twice what a coach got.

  24. pfu2 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:09 PM

    Browns don’t even know if Josh Gordon is suspended yet & only a few weeks till season starts. It’s just not right!

  25. jimmyt says: Aug 21, 2014 3:10 PM

    Who?

  26. indytom87 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:16 PM

    October 30th, assuming he doesn’t get stopped on the way to court.

  27. conormacleod says: Aug 21, 2014 3:20 PM

    Since when does the owner of a company have the same rules as the workers? This is America! If you don’t like the rules, create your own company!

    Wait…I get it. It’s about PR. Because if Irsay doesn’t get a huge suspension, then millions of fans will walk away from the NFL and never return! Right? Pfft…..whatever…………..

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2014 3:20 PM

    ‘The day before Guy Fawkes day. Irs will probably blow up the courthouse or something.

  29. conormacleod says: Aug 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    nfloracle says:
    Aug 21, 2014 3:08 PM
    Sean Payton was suspended for a year. Owners should get penalized at least twice what a coach got.
    —————————
    Payton….turns a blind eye, or even endorses, extra payments to his players to hurt the opponent.

    Irsay….gets an OWI.

    By god, I didn’t see it until I put it in writing! These two offenses are identical!!!!

  30. nativeraider says: Aug 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    “Cancel the Halloween party!”-Jim Irsay

  31. vargavarga says: Aug 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    I think he should have to forfeit next years entire draft. Owners/authority figures should be held to the highest of standards.

  32. dusterman63 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:23 PM

    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.

    ————————————————————

    Shouldn’t that be ….applies to players?

  33. 20texans02 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:31 PM

    “Lets wait until I get my 3rd quarter taxes done for the year before you fine me” Jim Irsay

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2014 3:39 PM

    Appropriate that Irs will show up on Mischief Night, or Gate Night, as it is known in some parts.

    “Hear that slamming sound behind you, Jim?…”.

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    State of Indiana has a costume ready for Irs. A one piece jumpsuit, Halloween Orange in color.

  36. samsonight1010 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    Does this mean that the Josh Gordon decision won’t be made until the third time that Ray Rice beats his wife in the back seat of Leveon Bell’s hotbox?

  37. damcmp says: Aug 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    That’s all BS

  38. drs76109 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    Even though they may look funny, I didn’t realize that plays could be put on a substantive abuse program.

  39. justintuckrule says: Aug 21, 2014 3:59 PM

    conormcleod – The NFL isn’t just “some company” where the owners are above the law. They have their own code of conduct that they must follow or suffer consequences. Here…Goodell is not enforcing the code of conduct against his crony. Quit being such an owner slurper.

  40. flybirdhaters27 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:07 PM

    Didn’t know that plays were subject to the rigorous substance abuse program.

  41. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 21, 2014 4:10 PM

    The greedy owners and greedy Goodell are ruining the NFL. They are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    Demanding Halftime Performers of the Super Bowl chip off the NFL some of their post Super Bowl earnings. These scumbags have no shame.

    None of the 3 they want need the NFL. Glad the NFL got a chilly reception to that idea. At least someone is standing up to those bank robbers.

  42. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2014 4:22 PM

    Job opening – Taking Jim Irsay urine samples 10 times a month.
    Qualifications – You must be living and have at least one arm.

  43. thefiesty1 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:12 PM

    The wheels of justice move slowly for some people that have the money.

  44. doggeatdogg says: Aug 21, 2014 5:32 PM

    Kicking the can hmm? He’ll be suspended for December, just in time for the holidays.

  45. dolphan343 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:58 PM

    Can I caption that pic?

    Roger: isnt it a little obvious you are high wearing your shades to a Monday night game?

    Irsay: is it Monday night? I thought this was sunday morning.

  46. r8rsfan says: Aug 21, 2014 5:58 PM

    Taking away draft picks is the only way to really punish this guy in a way that stings.

  47. mogogo1 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:24 PM

    “With the NFL hoping to show that owners are held to a higher standard,”

    When has the league ever demonstrated this desire? They could have punished Irsay way before now if that’s what they wanted to do. Goodell’s clear desire is to do nothing about it at all.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the NFL actually recommended that Irsay ask for the postponement. Because in terms of the case and likely outcome, the delay isn’t going to mean anything–Irsay has plenty of money for good attorneys who could get their case put together in plenty of time no matter how short the timeline was. It’s not like there’s any missing evidence that is going to be discovered that will totally change things.

  48. ufanforreal says: Aug 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    Irsay is the king and all of you negative poster are just mad and envious the he has the money to buy you and your momma.

  49. dmarado says: Aug 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    Suspending an owner is dumb. In spite of his billions and football team, Irsay is a drug-addicted loser. The NFL can do nothing to change that or worsen his state of affairs. He’s just a loser.

  50. Dogsweat says: Aug 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    L.A. Colts?

  51. uglydingo says: Aug 21, 2014 7:52 PM

    Nothing hurts a team and sending a message like taking away draft picks. That gets everyone’s attention.
    Fining Irsay $20M is like a $400 fine for an average person. To a billionaire like Jim, it’s small potatoes.
    Fine him, suspend him from the stadium and take away a 2nd round draft pick.

  52. bobsnygiants says: Aug 21, 2014 8:11 PM

    can we put a Roger Goodell on trial.

  53. oldcracker says: Aug 21, 2014 9:37 PM

    America – The finest justice system money can buy.

  54. bobsnygiants says: Aug 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    Should be suspended . or suspend Roger, it’s clearly don’t know what he’s doing

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