NFL: Irsay "subject to discipline" following arrest
The NFL says Colts owner Jim Irsay "will be subject to discipline" after he was arrested for driving under the influence overnight.
Brian McCarthy, the communications director from the NFL, says Irsay will be reviewed under the personal conduct policy that applies to players, coaches, team employees and team owners. It states: "All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid 'conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League."
McCarthy says that is the only comment the NFL will make at this time.
But there are questions whether another NFL policy will also apply in this case. The Standard of Conduct clause says NFL employees are held to a higher standard and face discipline for criminal activity including using prohibited substances, whether or not they're convicted of a crime.
Last October Jim Irsay went on Twitter to defend allegations that he might have been under the influence during an ESPN interview. He said in a tweet, "Sorry naysayers, I don't drink..haven't in over 15-years."
In November 2002, Jim Irsay confirmed he was addicted to painkillers after a WTHR investigative report. Irsay admitted he had become dependent on prescription pain medications "after several years of orthopedic operations and procedures." At that time we also learned that Jim Irsay's name emerged in a DEA investigation targeting local plastic surgeon Greg Chernoff.
Chernoff was put on probation for three years as part of a settlement with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for failing to adequately document patient treatment in connection with Jim Irsay.