Jim Irsay has had his driver’s license suspended after he refused a blood test stemming from his March 16 arrest for driving while impaired.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Irsay’s license was suspended last week for one year, through May 27, 2015.
The Indianapolis Colts owner is scheduled for a June 19 hearing on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving. An affidavit said Irsay was driving under the influence of powerful painkillers for which he underwent treatment at a rehab facility following the arrest.
Irsay is subject to league discipline ans commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that earlier this offseason so it will be very interesting to see how the league handles this unprecedented case.
The potential for a slippery slope exists if Goodell does not hand down a severe punishment for Irsay as some players have spoken out that he needs to be made an example of and he needs to hold himself in a higher regard as an owner of an NFL franchise.
If Irsay does not receive a substantial fine–one much larger than a player would receive for a similar offense–the potential for uproar exists that Goodell, who works for the owners, let him off easy.
How long do you think Irsay should be suspended from team activities? What type of fine do you think would be appropriate in this situation?
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I hope Goodell sends a clear and swift message that driving under the influence is not tolerable and fines Irsay $1 million and suspends him from team activities for six weeks.