NFL says Irsay is subject to league discipline

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INDIANAPOLIS – We are still waiting to learn what will happen with Colts owner Jim Irsay, as his case makes it through the courts. But in addition to the legal matter, there’s also the issue of Irsay being disciplined by the NFL.

The organization will look at whether Irsay violated the league’s personal conduct policy. The policy lays out what the league calls acceptable behavior. It says employees of the NFL are held to a higher standard and expected to act responsibly and lawfully. You can read that policy here.

You’re used to seeing Jim Irsay walk the sidelines. Monday afternoon, he walked out of the Hamilton County Jail. The Colts owner faces four preliminary counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of OWI, or operating while intoxicated.

“Everybody has something that they’re fighting, even people in power do. I think as a community we should support him and him getting well,” said Tara Nevitt.

Some Colts fans like Nevitt said Irsay’s legal troubles shouldn’t be public business. But others disagree, pointing to Irsay’s spot as a prominent figure in Indianapolis.

“He is first and foremost the owner of the team, so the example starts with him. From the top down, he needs to be subject to anything the NFL deems necessary,” said Jeremy Myslinski.

And what could the NFL deem necessary?

The league told FOX59 that Irsay’s matter will be reviewed under the personal conduct policy, which mentions fines, suspension, or even banishment, with possibilities for a probationary period and conditions that must be met prior to reinstatement.

For now the league said any discipline would pertain to Irsay personally and not the team.

It could even include treatment.

”Apart from any disciplinary action, persons arrested, charged, or otherwise appearing to have engaged in conduct prohibited under this policy generally will be required to undergo a formal clinical evaluation. Based on the results of that evaluation, the person may be encouraged or required to participate in an education program, counseling, or other treatment deemed appropriate by health professionals,” according to the NFL personal conduct policy.

Already some fans think we need to move on.

“I think we’re giving it too much because he is Jim Irsay, the owner of the football team. It’s a bigger deal than what it should be,” said David Bowen.

But Jim Irsay’s fight, at least in this matter, is just beginning.

“Things happen. They happened to him,” said Myslinski.

Monday the NFL stood by the lines of their conduct policy in comments to FOX59, calling talk of any discipline speculative.

The personal conduct policy says on a first offense, any discipline would come after legal matters are resolved, but there are exceptions.