Irsay trial postponed to October 30

AP

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.

54 responses to “Irsay trial postponed to October 30

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  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.
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    “his own stadium” He doesn’t own the stadium.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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…………..

  11. 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.
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    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!!!!

  12. 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.

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    Shouldn’t that be ….applies to players?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. “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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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