Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was in Atlanta this week at the NFL's league meeting in a bid to secure Super Bowl LII despite only recently been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
This fact has angered many across the NFL, including Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark, who has labelled the league commissioner Roger Goodell a "hypocrite" for his treatment of the situation.
Should Irsay have been there in the first place? Clark feels not.
Irsay was arrested in March and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was also hit with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
"Right now, if Jim Irsay is going to represent this league, represent the Indianapolis Colts, going to be on TV at the owners meetings, trying to bring a Super Bowl to Indianapolis after what he's done?" Clark told CBS.
"It shows the hypocrisy of the NFL and also Roger Goodell in the way that he deals with players and the way he deals for the people he works for," Clark said on ESPN's "First Take."
"He's always said, 'Well, I don't work for the owners.' That's not true," Clark said "Because in the CBA negotiations, you were sitting with the owners."
Goodell has said this week that any punishment for Irsay will wait until more information is learnt. Clark took issue to the penalties his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger suffered after he was eventually suspended for four games despite the fact that he wasn't charged with a crime.
"So when has having enough information been what Roger Goodell waits for to make these decisions? When does a charge necessarily warrant the penalty? We've seen in so many cases, Roger Goodell be judge and jury when it comes to players," Clark said.
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