According to the Indianapolis Star, a woman was found dead due to a drug overdose in a town house that was given to her by Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Not only will irsay face discipline from the NFL league office after being arrested for possession of a controlled substance, but his relationship with the woman who died in his town house could hurt him as well.
The league’s policy, which explicitly states that the rules apply to owners, says employees should be held to a “higher standard” than merely avoiding criminal conviction.
A sports law and ethics expert, as well as a source familiar with NFL operations, told The Indianapolis Star that the policy could lead Goodell to also ask about Irsay’s relationship and associations outside of the Colts, including with an Indianapolis woman with a drug history of her own — a woman who died of a suspected drug overdose two weeks before Irsay’s arrest. Her body was found in a $139,500 townhouse Irsay gave her last August.
“The NFL is often criticized for protecting the ‘shield,’ and it does,” said Mike Gilleran, executive director of the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics. “How does the league look if it ignores that? It can’t, in my view.”