Roger Goodell says Colts owner Jim Irsay is subject to NFL discipline

Anwar S. Richardson
Shutdown Corner

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is currently undergoing treatment at a health care facility after his recent arrest.

Once Irsay is released, he could be disciplined by the league.

Irsay faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving. He reportedly had several pill bottles containing Schedule IV prescription drugs. After Irsay’s released from jail, he voluntarily checked himself into a health care facility.

In addition to legal penalties, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay could be disciplined by the league as well and will not be given preferential treatment because he is an owner.

"I think that’s the first priority that he’s seeking help," Goodell said at the NFL owners meetings on Monday. "He’s done that voluntarily. I think that’s the most important step, at least initially. To my knowledge, I’ve been in a room all day today, there’s been no formal charges at this point. We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take any steps as it relates to any discipline. Obviously, any policies or any laws that are broken, whether you’re a commissioner or owner, player or coach, those are subject to discipline."

If Goodell doesn't discipline Irsay, he will be perceived as being harder on players than owners. However, if Goodell disciplines Irsay, he has to find a unique punishment for an owner to send a message which could include a stiff financial penalty.

Irsay is not attending the meetings. He is the chairman of the legislative committee, plus a member of the finance committee and Super Bowl advisory committee.

Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Irsay’s oldest daughter, has been filling in for her father during his absence.

"He is someone who was brought up in this league," Goodell said. "I think we’re the identical age, so we sort of grew up in this league together. He’s someone who loves this game, and 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."

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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