Commanders accuse Colts owner Jim Irsay of continuing violations of NFL Constitution

Owner/CEO Of The Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay Hosts Reception Celebrating 100th Birthday Of Late Literary Pioneer Jack Kerouac
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Colts owner Jim Irsay keeps talking about Commanders owner Daniel Snyder. On Saturday, Snyder’s team issued its strongest remarks yet in response to the latest comments from Irsay.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Irsay continues to behave in a way that clearly is in violation of the Constitution of the NFL,” a Commanders spokesperson told the Washington Post in a statement issued on Saturday. “We look forward to playing his team on Sunday.”

There’s actually some merit to the notion that Irsay could be violating the league’s Constitution & Bylaws. Article IX, Section 9.1(C)(4) prohibits any owner from “publicly criticizing[ing] any member club or its management, personnel, employees, or coaches and/or any football official employed by the League. All complaints or criticism in respect to the foregoing shall be made to the Commissioner only and shall not be publicized directly or indirectly.”

In the past 11 days, Irsay has repeatedly raised publicly the question of whether the owners should consider removing Snyder, and Irsay has repeatedly complained publicly about the toxic workplace that was maintained under Snyder’s management of the team.

And, yes, the Colts host the Commanders on Sunday. Don’t expect the Commanders to be posting any photos of the owners of the two teams hobnobbing on the field before kickoff.

37 responses to “Commanders accuse Colts owner Jim Irsay of continuing violations of NFL Constitution

  1. Maybe Snyder and Irsay could talk it out face to face on the pregame show and Bradshaw could moderate.

  2. I may be as drunk as some other NFL owners right now but at least I’m not Dan Snyder. 😇

  3. Jim Irsay is an embarrassment. Meddles with other owners, tells coaches what QB to play. All the while talking about the almighty Horseshoe. No wonder Josh McDaniels changed his mind..

  4. Wow that is broad language. Snyder also seems to be be violating the league’s Constitution. Note: “All complaints or criticism in respect to the foregoing shall be made to the Commissioner only and shall not be publicized directly or indirectly.” Clearly Snyder’s team would not have issued their remarks in response to Irsay without Snyder’s blessing, so as an owner Snyder or his son etc must have signed off on the team statement, which amounts to Snyder critizing Irsay in a statement “publicized indirectly” and not “made to the Commissioner only.” In an even more broad reading, owners could not have private conversations with each other that are critical of Roger Goodell if they ever wanted to replace the commissioner, because “All complaints or criticism in respect to the foregoing shall be made to the Commissioner only and shall not be publicized directly or indirectly.” That ‘and’ could be taken to mean that even private comments between owners violate the constitution and if any owners want to replace Roger Goodell they can only discuss it with Roger Goodell not any other owners whose votes they would need.

  5. cobrala2 says:
    What is it called when you have no legs to stand on?
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    Washington post

  6. The not inherited teams are probably ready to sell out at a multi generational sum. NFL was great from the merger (70) thru 2002. 32 years a great run without social media/ corporate tainting.

  7. When Goodell changed the filming rule on 9.6.06, violating the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, where was the Washington franchise then?

  8. Wait a minute…Snyder is complaining that Irsay violated some league rules? And Snyder wants those rules enforced to the letter?
    Am I reading that correctly?

  9. I agree with the notion that the language is wildly imprecise. According to it, owners can’t say anything publicly about any member of another team. This has occurred millions of times. Now Snyder is trying to weasel his way into using it to protect himself from judgment? Pathetic.

  10. Mister Snyder will never be held accountable for his toxic workplace, the treatment of business partners, or results on the field. He is untouchable. Period. His disastrous ownership will outlive most Commanders fans so it’s time for those of us left to either be ok with it or move on and find a team that better fits their values.

  11. End of the day I would not be surprised at all if Jim Irsay is the one losing the team his daddy left him.

  12. Irsay is a drug addict that has WAY bigger issues and should be worring about his own problems not Washington’s you want to enjoy a good video just search on youtube.com Jim Irsay arrest. You will see a dash cam video that shows you who this guy really is. They found a pillow case of drugs in his car did he go to jail NO. Rich people don’t have to pay for what the normal person does.

  13. I really like the wording of this statement as it included the word “constitution”. Soo, now there’s a “Constitution of the NFL?” Why aren’t they celebrating that with fireworks and such?

    The agreement to establish the NFL, including the Washington team, did not include the word “constitution.”

    I’ve seen it referred to as a “gentlemen’s agreement” a “handshake” and a “contract”… a bunch of guys with a lot of cash back in the day, with their one foot up on the bumpers of new cars… all trying to make this THING a real moneymaker for their investment. Never included the word “constitution”. In fact? Around that time kids? They would’ve been shot DOWN as fascists. Go read about it.

    The only reason why I can see that it’s “now” referred to as a “constitution”? To trigger folks. Yeah, I’m looking at you.

    If you’re being triggered by a half-pint, megalomaniac multi-millionaire? You should prolly should ask why, cause your goals in life will never align with their goals.

    They’re taking you money hand over fist…

  14. Irsay is the best owner in the league. Will never understand these extreme hypocrites out of Maryland who STOLE a team from Cleveland, yet still have the audacity to cry about irsay and the Colts. True definition of hypocrites.

  15. thurmanmerman1 says:
    October 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm
    Irsay is the best owner in the league. Will never understand these extreme hypocrites out of Maryland who STOLE a team from Cleveland, yet still have the audacity to cry about irsay and the Colts. True definition of –
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    Any owner caught in a federal court, working with the commissioner as a cheater, trying to exact revenge over being a born loser, who inherited a football team, is nowhere near a great owner. He’s been a walking embarrassment since he inherited it from daddy.


  16. smokepit14 says:
    October 29, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Irsay is a drug addict that has WAY bigger issues and should be worring about his own problems not Washington’s you want to enjoy a good video just search on youtube.com Jim Irsay arrest. You will see a dash cam video that shows you who this guy really is. They found a pillow case of drugs in his car did he go to jail NO. Rich people don’t have to pay for what the normal person does.

    I wholeheartedly agree with most of this. He benefited by who he was/is as he owner of the Colts.

    It’s all out there and Irsay never backed away from the criticism at all. From what I’ve read and seen, he’d agreed with what you said.

    He may have been a drug addict and got away with a DUI, but I haven’t seen a “naked leaked” pic/video of any Indy employee.. that was supposed to be for season ticket prospects.

    Redemption stories were “supposed” to be what the NFL is all about… Redemption, not denial.
    Since he manned up and has owned up to his shortcomings.. he’s the perfect

  17. Whereas having your subordinates release emails about a former employee in an attempt to embarass him and avoid being directly implicated is expressly approved by that same document.

    Danny taking a page from the Trump playbook.

  18. Would love to see Snyder gone. But if they didn’t throw out Jim’s drunk father, no one should ever be ousted.

  19. Complete lack of the word OWNER in that rule. Snyder is a none of those other things. He’s just a jerk that is open to any and all criticism. Snyder would have zero percent support if not for the HTTR people living in 1950. They still love him for fighting the name change.

  20. thurmanmerman1 says:

    October 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Irsay is the best owner in the league. Will never understand these extreme hypocrites out of Maryland who STOLE a team from Cleveland, yet still have the audacity to cry about irsay and the Colts. True definition of hypocrites.

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    Not to mention that the reason Robert Irsay moved his team and its belongings out of Baltimore in the middle of the night is because the state of Maryland was, at the time, voting to seize the team via eminent domain. By the time they got to Owing Mills the next morning, all that was left was an empty building.

    Irsay tried for years to deal with the City of Baltimore and the state of Maryland in good faith, in order to help replace a decrepit stadium. They spent over a decade giving him the run-around. After he got permission from the NFL to talk to Phoenix and Indianapolis, the local government tried to steal the team from him. That’s when Irsay took the Indianapolis deal.

    And, as luck would have it, the mayor’s neighbor happened to be the CEO of the Mayflower moving company. They packed up everything and hit the road in a matter of hours.

  21. This is what Dan Snyder and the Commanders have come up with…getting their dirt on Irsay? That’s some real weak sauce from Snyder-mafia, LOL.

  22. How much does Snyder pays his lawyers and PR to do damage control on the internet? That sounds like a huge waste of money and an indicator of poor business acumen. Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to not to take part in these transgressions that lead other owners to consider removing him? Frankly, this is par for the course. An army of lawyers and Snyder still ends up paying ex-staff for sexual harassment? What exactly are you paying those lawyers for? To file cases in Guadalajara, Mexico? How does someone who runs a business this poorly even become a billionaire? Oh wait, isn’t he accused of stealing money from the other owners and blackmail? Never mind.

  23. It’s pretty crazy to see people choosing sides. Both Irsay, and Snyder are terrible people. There is something kind of captivating about watching 2 tone deaf billionaires trying to claim a moral high ground above the other.
    I’m sure the real mudslinging is yet to come

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