Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on an appearance ESPN’s First Take, stating the league should have disciplined Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay by now. Goodell recently stated that the league needed to gather more facts on the Irsay case before making a decision.
Jim Irsay was arrested on March 16, for Driving While Intoxicated, and found with $29,000 in a briefcase, and a bag that contained prescription drugs not in his name. Clark stated he felt the NFL was hypocritical in that if Irsay were a player, he would have already been placed on suspension by now. Here’s what Clark had to say:
“So here we have Jim Irsay, a guy, an owner, who has history of substance abuse, who’s found in a car with over $29K and prescription drugs that weren’t in his name, pulled over for driving under the influence, and now we’re saying we need more information? What more information do we need than these aren’t your prescription pills? You’re obviously under the influence. You have $29k. There would be no questions asked if this was a player.”
Ryan Clark was recently signed by the Redskins as a free agent, but he has been outspoken in his criticism of Goodell before, particularly after Goodell fined him in 2011 for helmet to helmet hits when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So there was already no love lost for Goodell on Clark’s behalf.
But I think Clark is making a valid point. If this were a player, they would have already been suspended, regardless if all of the facts were know. Jim Irsay being an owner is undoubtedly the major reason that Goodell has yet to take action against him, and it will be interesting to see what type of punishment is handed down to Irsay, once Goodell gets all the facts he claims he needs.