- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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Players all over the NFL are awaiting the NFL's discipline of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Roger Goodell's discipline of players and emphasis on personal conduct has been a big feature of his time as commissioner, perhaps the most distinct feature of his tenure.
Irsay was arrested on March 16 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving. Irsay has had his driver's license suspended for one year.
Is the punishment for Irsay going to match or surpass what a player who committed the same offense would face?
And what would be equivalent when you are talking about a billionaire owner collecting TV revenue checks from the league not a salary from a team?
ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha argues that the penalty needs to go beyond a suspension and a fine.
"Goodell also should be eyeing taking away draft picks, which are the only currency that has real value when it comes to disciplining wealthy men in team sports. The minute Goodell snatched a second-round pick or even a couple of mid-round selections from somebody as powerful as Irsay, the entire league would take notice. His credibility also wouldn't be nearly as questionable as it's become in the wake of this entire episode."
I tend to agree.
General manager Ryan Grigson, coach Chuck Pagano and the Colts players would suffer as a result. But a player suspension hurts people who weren't involved in his bad decision. Collateral damage, if you will, is part of the consequence of the decisions the league is hoping it's employees will avoid.
Those consequences have to hurt. And a fine and suspension won't hurt Irsay that much.
Players all over the NFL are awaiting the NFL's discipline of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.Roger Goodell's discipline of players and emphasis on personal conduct has been a big feature of his time as commissioner, perhaps the most distinct feature of his tenure.