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Ryan Clark: Goodell’s Failure to Punish Jim Irsay Shows NFL’s ‘Hypocrisy’

by Chris Lingebach
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Redskins safety Ryan Clark was hypercritical of Roger Goodell on Wednesday, telling ESPN the NFL commissioner’s failure to punish Colts owner Jim Irsay, who was arrested in March for allegedly driving while intoxicated, shows “the hypocrisy of the NFL.”

“Right now, if Jim Irsay is going to represent this league, represent the Indianapolis Colts, going to be on TV at the owners meetings, trying to bring a Super Bowl to Indianapolis after what he’s done? It shows the hypocrisy of the NFL and also Roger Goodell in the way that he deals with players and the way he deals for the people he works for,” said Clark on ESPN’s “First Take.”

The commissioner was asked about Irsay’s arrest earlier this week, responding, “There have been no charges, so the answer is, until we have more information or more facts, we will let it play out.”

To prove his point of hypocrisy, Clark evoked the NFL’s treatment of his former Steelers teammate, Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for six games in 2010 after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old female in a bar in Georgia, despite having no formal charges brought against him.

“So when has having enough information been what Roger Goodell waits for to make these decisions? When does a charge necessarily warrant the penalty? We’ve seen in so many cases, Roger Goodell be judge and jury when it comes to players,” Clark said.

“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,” Clark went on. “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.”

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