Goodell: Jim Irsay to face discipline from NFL
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will face discipline from the NFL under its personal-conduct policy.
However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is glad that Irsay is in a treatment facility to deal with his substance-abuse issues after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence and four preliminary felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
"That’s the first priority," Goodell said during a press conference today at the NFL owners meetings. "He is seeking help and he has done that voluntarily. That’s the most important step, at least initially. To my knowledge, I’ve been in a room all day today, but 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 discipline. Obviously, any policies or any laws that are broken – whether you are commissioner, owner, player or coach – subjects you to discipline.
Meanwhile, Irsay's daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon is filling in for her father while he seeks help.
She wrote a letter emailed to season-ticket holders, according to the Indianapolis Star.
"The outpouring of support and expressions of love and concern for my father have been overwhelming," Irsay-Gordon wrote. "My sisters and our families join me in thanking all of you who have reached out to us during this time. We are optimistic that he will return to good health and we, joined by many of you, will be praying for his full recovery.
"In the meantime, I want to assure you that all the important work at our training facility will continue, without interruption. We have a strong, talented group of football professionals and an experienced and loyal front office team. Everyone will be working to complete a successful free agency season and draft in anticipation of an exciting football season."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun