Jim Irsay should receive some kind of punishment from the NFL. It's a simple as that.
Because he has committed a crime, bringing the league and his team into disrepute. The NFL clearly states that if a player breaches the conduct roles, he can be fined or even banned.
So that policy should be equally effective and implemented when owners get into trouble with the law. It's a tough situation for the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who essentially works for the NFL owners.
However, the evidence to support some action is endless, as Christopher L.Gasper reports in the Boston Globe. "Irsay faced a preliminary charge of driving while intoxicated and four preliminary felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. However, he was formally charged with just a pair of misdemeanors, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in a person’s body.
"Based on blood samples Irsay was forced to provide, via warrant, while being held, the substances in his body were the opioids oxycodone and/or hydrocodone, according to prosecutors. Irsay, who as far back as 2002 admitted he has a history of pain-killer abuse, immediately entered a rehabilitation facility after his arrest."
We all remember the Ben Roethlisberger rape saga. Eventually, he was found to have not committed a crime, but that didn't stop the NFL and commissioner Goodell.
Rather than wait for the verdict, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was banned for six games, scaled back to four games after an appeal.
However, with the Irsay situation, Goodell has proceeded with caution, saying that he will "wait for all of the information."
It's a clear example of hypocrisy and it should be stopped. The sooner the NFL gets some balls and decides to punish the Colts owner the better.