After much anticipation and speculation, Jim Irsay's punishment from the NFL has been made public. Just hours after his guilty plea in court, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Irsay would be suspended for six games, and will be fined $500,000. This is the maximum amount anyone can be fined under current league rules.
The fine is ten times that of the fine for the same infraction committed by a player. Goodell was quoted as saying, "Owners, management personell, and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players." It is the highest penalty given since 2007, which was received by Bill Belichick for the Patriots' spying scandal.
It also marks the first time an owner of a team has been suspended since 1999, when San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. plead guilty to an extortion case.
The penalty officially begins 5 P.M. Wednesday, after which Irsay can no longer be present at any Colt's facility, attend games or practices, represent the team in any way, conduct interviews with the media, or use social media to discuss the team.Read more... Join the Conversation...