Jim Irsay could face discipline for intoxicated driving arrest

Roger Goodell is considering discipline for Colts owner Jim Irsay

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Apr 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaks during a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIREJim Irsay's recent arrest for intoxicated driving is definitely on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's radar.

Goodell says that Irsay could face discipline from the league, but the most important thing is that he gets the help he needs.
"I think that is the first priority, that he is seeking help. He's done that voluntarily, that's, I think, the most important step at least initially. To my knowledge, there are no formal charges at this point. We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take any steps as it relates to any potential discipline. Obviously any policies or any laws that are broken, whether you're commissioner or owner or player or coach, those are subject to discipline. He is someone who has grown up in this league, I think we're the identical age so we sort of grew up in this league together and he's someone who loves this game. He brings an important perspective to it. But that's not the priority right now, the priority is for Jim to take care of the issues he's facing and deal with it. He also has a great organization that he's proud of and three girls that are very capable, smart and effective and they are in the room."

Of course, formal charges are just a formality, as Goodell hasn't always required formal charges or a conviction to discipline players. Perhaps it will be different with Irsay, a team owner, but Goodell has been known to be a bit heavy-handed when it comes to issues that may be detrimental to the league.

Irsay failed field sobriety tests, and was found with several prescription medications in the car with him. He's facing potential felony charges, so it will definitely be something that the league needs to address at some point.

Some people are already questioning the difference in media coverage between Irsay's arrest and the coverage of various incidents involving players. Players are called "thugs" by the media when they get arrested. Then, they say Irsay "needs help," as if the players don't also need help.

Perhaps the NFL will take a more fair look at Irsay. Or maybe they'll gloss over it and give him a pass of sorts. Let's see how it works out.
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