Colts owner Jim Irsay chimes in on the Myles Garrett suspension

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Well, now I’ve seen everything.

The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has interjected himself into a controversy that is none of his concern, expressing support for Browns defensive end Myles Garrett in the aftermath of the indefinite suspension imposed by the league on the first overall pick in the 2017 draft.

“In regards to Myles Garrett, he has offered a sincere apology and my feelings are everybody makes mistakes in life,” Irsay said on Twitter. “The NFL is a family, and as a family we support each other when we make mistakes. Let’s go forward with spirit of accountability and forgiveness.”

Of course, in most families, one member doesn’t whack another member in the head with a helmet. That’s precisely what Garrett did.

Whatever Irsay’s views, the league surely would prefer that he keep them to himself. Although he violated no policies because he didn’t criticize the Browns or Garrett, Irsay’s public comments potentially compromise the league’s disciplinary efforts. What if the league decides not to welcome Garrett back to the family in 2020? What if the NFLPA uses Irsay’s comments as a basis for pushing back against the league’s discipline?

It’s an unconventional approach from Irsay, which is no surprise. He’s an unconventional owner. In a league that prizes adherence to conventions, however, it probably would be better for Irsay if he chose to leave the Garrett situation to the Browns and to the league office.

29 responses to “Colts owner Jim Irsay chimes in on the Myles Garrett suspension

  1. Come on it’s Jim Irsay. He didn’t go all “Free Myles Garrett.” He just said move on, which by the way means no legal actions and that is a positive for the League. Besides I won killer tickets on twitter from him one night just by knowing Led Zepplin lyrics so there’s that! Heh Yeah he’s unconventional.

  2. On the one hand, Irsay pays his players well.
    But on the other hand, he really should give up social media.
    Go back to being a silent owner who writes the checks and who lets the staff do their jobs.

  3. Family except some people can be kicked and or blackballed from it and others in for good because of the money they have.

  4. Why not? Best case, if Garrett leaves Cleveland one day Irsay will have already established support for him and makes Indianapolis a preferred destination. Worst case, Irsay maintains his role as NFL ownerships village idiot

  5. All who take this guy seriously, raise their hands. Crickets. Even the NFLPA would be embarrassed to join hands with this one. I can just hear the mean spirited comments directed toward Irsay now. But you know what, we’ll just go forward with forgiveness.

  6. The man who instigated one of the biggest witch hunts in NFL history has the nerve to talk about FORGIVENESS??? SERIOUSLY??

  7. ”Of course, in most families, one member doesn’t whack another member in the head with a helmet. That’s precisely what Garrett did.”

    My brother and I treated each other much worse than just a helmet whack…

  8. “What if the NFLPA uses Irsay’s comments as a basis for pushing back against the league’s discipline?”

    Who cares if they do? Last I checked Irsays opinion doesn’t carry legal weight. In any event, in my opinion (which like Irsay’s will be of no consequence) is that they should just let Garrett play next year. Rudolph incited it anyway, and as a neutral fan of neither team, it’s more fun to watch Garrett play football than Rudolph. I just want to be entertained. I’m a simple man. I pay the money, provide me with the entertainment.

  9. He may be a putz but what exactly is the problem with what he said? Saying forgive him but hold him accountable and move on? Seriously what’s wrong with that? It’s a reasonable statement.

  10. No one who posts on here has any business saying that Irsay needs to stay off social media.
    You people are the first ones crying about “freedom of speech”, even though you don’t really know what it applies to.

  11. Totally agree with Irsay and Robert Quinn. Myles screwed up, move on. The guy should have gotten two or three games tops, but nah, the NFL has to cater to the outrage mob and determine whether it carries over into next year. It’s a joke. The game is being ruined by the soft morality police that can’t handle the fact that people are free make to decisions that sometimes puts them in danger, like playing football professionally. I’m not condoning what Myles did, but now Goddell has to play this stupid PR game to make sure all the cupcakes are placated until their next inevitable outrage. That goes for the media, too. A bunch of overgrown toddlers, man. It’s embarrassing.

  12. He’s right though…especially since Rudolph the instigator, gets off Scott free after kicking and punching Garrett in his manhood and then acting like a little gnat!

  13. Yeah, everyone makes mistakes… like driving around under the influence with a car full of cash and pills.

  14. Of course, in most families, one member doesn’t whack another member in the head with a helmet. That’s precisely what Garrett did.

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    Yeah, let’s just ignore the fact that A: Rudolph was trying to rip Garretts helmet off, B: Rudolf kicked Garrett in the junk and C: Rudolph charged at Garrett while Garrett was being held at a disadvantage.

    I believe that is called self defense. Yet Garrett gets a stiff suspension, Rudolph gets a slap on the wrist, Pouncey gets a slap on the wrist for punching and kickijg the crown of Garretts helmet as he is being restrained from defending himself and Ogunjobi gets 3x the suspension Pouncey received…. For shoving Rudolph.

    Yeah, no bias there at all.

  15. venom raider, you got it backwards, Pouncy got 3 games and Ogunjobi got 1.
    So Pouncy misses the rematch in 2 weeks, but Ogunjobi will be there.

  16. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    November 17, 2019 at 11:07 am
    venom raider, you got it backwards, Pouncy got 3 games and Ogunjobi got 1.
    So Pouncy misses the rematch in 2 weeks, but Ogunjobi will be there.

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    True, my bad. My point though is Rudolph amd Pouncey should be suspended the same length as Garrett, which should not be anything near an entire year.

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